The House On MAngo Street

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Everyone has specific characteristics and qualities that make them the way they present themselves. Young, middle-aged, and old people are constantly forming the essentials that affect their self-awareness through their daily activities. Forming one’s identity is an ongoing process, because every person in the world can change people one way or another. In The House on Mango Street, the experiences young Esperanza faced day to day develop her true individuality. Young people are easily persuaded and if someone so desired, they could mold them into the person they want. Commonly, young children develop their identity from going the school, playing with other children, and from their home life. When children go to school, if they are…show more content…
She says, “The Catholic high school costs a lot, and Papa says nobody went to public schools unless you wanted to turn out bad” (53). Esperanza was most of the time, the opposite of everyone else. She was a girl who was strong and determined to succeed in life. In addition, she was lonely and one day wanted to find a true friend all of her own. It is hard to find true friends, because all of the friends moved away in the next week or two.      Esperanza forms her identity on Mango Street, but will never forget her true self and home. At the end of the book she says, “One day I’ll own my own house, but I won’t forget who I am or where I came from” (87). She knows that she can and will get out of the neighborhood she is in at that current moment in time because she has the determination to lead a better life than the one she lives now. Nothing can alter the true identity she formed while growing up on Mango Street.      An individual’s identity is unique and at the same time is something that is constantly being formed. Esperanza is constantly coming in contact with people and situations in her daily life that affects her identity and outlook upon life. The surroundings on one’s life can be positive or negative, and this is what makes a person who she

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