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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is about Esperanza Cordero, a girl living in Chicago struggling to identify who she is. Through the experiences Esperanza encounters, she feels neglected living in a culture where women are considered inferior to men. Observing different figures around her, Esperanza begins to question her own identity, and starts to grab her own power, and eventually decides to be independent. Through metaphors, epiphanies and symbolism, Cisneros conveys that repression and stereotypes with a person ultimately compels them to desire and search for self identity through experiences, and emotions
Through the use of symbolism, Cisneros is able to portray how Esperanza is feeling restricted to a certain destiny as
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The epiphanies of writing do not have any constraints and limitations, assisting her in her search for self identity. Cisneros also uses metaphors to clearly describe the feelings of characters who feels repressed and yearns to search for their personal identity. For instance, Esperanza feels restrained from who she really is in the vignette Boys and Girls, as states, “I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor,” (9). Due to her gender, Esperanza feels neglected and held down; her brothers don’t associate with her outside the house, and how Esperanza has the need to take care of Nenny. Esperanza considers herself as a red balloon, symbolizing happiness, bright, and easily noticed. However Esperanza is feeling constrained as she also adds that she is “a balloon tied to an anchor,” (9) holding her down, and not letting Esperanza have any freedom. Furthermore, Esperanza’s desire to discover self identity emerges as she states her name is “A muddy color… Mexican records… Songs like sobbing,” (10). Esperanza does not like her name and thinks of it as many bad and unattractive things. Since her name will stick with her for the rest of her life, she feels trapped inside the limitations of her name and wishes to change it to something else, showing her desire for identity. Thus, with the help of metaphors, Cisneros is able to effectively bring the character’s emotions to life and use this to point out how
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