Analysis Of The House On Mango Street

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Analysis of The House on Mango Street By: Sandra Cisneros Carley Deklotz GWSS:1001:0A02 Professor Sue Stanfield The environment people grow up in can have a huge impact on their identity and who they become. In the novel, The House on Mango Street, the author tells a series of short stories through the eyes of Esperanza Cordero. Esperanza is a young Latina growing up in Chicago, and through her stories shows the reader her environment and how in affects her. Things like gender roles, sexual violence, race, and class end up having a huge influence in shaping one’s identity. In many parts of the novel, gender roles are quite prominent. Gender roles, or gender scripts, are the stereotypical ideas of how males and females are supposed to act. Kids and teenager are often exposed to these gender roles, and because of that their identities are shaped around them. This can be very damaging to the health of young people, because they are constantly tying to stay within the gender norms, and that can cause stress, anxiety, and insecurity for most of them (Culp-Ressler). “The boys and girls live in separate worlds”(Cisneros, 8). This is a very powerful line in showing the differences between gender construction and gender roles. Gender creates a certain status, and the stratification system ranks these statuses differently, so that men are ranked above women (Lorber, 66). This is shown various times throughout The House on Mango Street. For example, Rosa Vargas, who is

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