The House On Mango Street, By Sandra Cisneros, Nathaniel Hawthorne And James Joyce

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Imagination has always been inherent to humans. We see the traces of our imagination everywhere, from ancient drawings on cave walls to medieval folktales passed down through generations. As we progress from children to adults, it is commonly thought that our imagination is supposed to die down, but neither children nor adults are immune to the effects of the imagination. One way or another, imagination usually finds a way to overtake one’s thoughts regardless of age, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. A great example would be the recent Powerball madness that swept the nation. By imagining more and more, people became compelled to spend more money buying tickets, yet once the numbers were announced, millions of people around America were disappointed and even angry because their dreams did not come to fruition. The theme of imaginations not coming to match reality has been a particularly popular thematic within modern literature, such as in the short fiction of Sandra Cisneros, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and James Joyce. This paper will argue that Cisnero’s “The House on Mango Street”, Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”, and Joyce’s “Araby” all present how one’s imagination can get the best of them, which ultimately leads to unhappiness when their visions are completely different from reality.
In “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, the narrator 's constant imagining of her dream house eventually leads to her unhappiness. In the beginning of the

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