Analysis Of ' The House On Mango Street '

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Ana Garcia
Dr. Baker
ENG 102 – 2006
14 April 2017
Esperanza’s Mango Street The House on Mango Street is a short novel that packs a strong and deliberate message. At first, when reading the first few chapters, one assumes that this book is going to be a simple story about some young girl’s life, but as the reader continues to read on, that perspective about the story changes because of the story’s complexity. The House on Mango Street has received many praises amongst critics for its well-defined societal message and its understanding of the Latinx culture in the United States. I chose to write my review on this book due to the fact that as being a Latina in the United States, this book is something that I can relate to
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However, they finally move into their own house, even though it is not the one she had dreamed of, but it sufficed (Cisneros 4). As Esperanza grows up in the neighborhood, there are many factors that influence her upbringing, and some of those experiences are good, but most of the ones told in this story are bad. The House on Mango Street is the collection of those direct and indirect experiences told through Esperanza in a series of chapters that belong to each different experience.
Esperanza is the main character and narrator of this story. Esperanza is a young lady growing up in a poor neighborhood in Chicago. She and her family are new to this country, which can be assumed because she has memories of the houses back in Mexico (Cisneros 17). The book focuses on Esperanza, her family, her friends, and even her neighbors which all live in the same street. From childhood, to adolescence, Esperanza tells the reader her story and what she lived through as well as those who associated with her. This book is an insight to a Chicano (Mexican-American) family, and the struggles that as such they go through. Esperanza starts the story as a little girl and goes all the way to adulthood throughout her narration. There are other characters involved in the story, such as Esperanza’s family, which are Papa, Mama, Nenny, Carlos, and Kiki. Other relatives and friends are involved in the story as well.

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