The House On Mango Street Character Analysis

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Jose de las Luz y Caballero once said, “As the fruit ripens, so does the man mature; after many rains, suns, and blows.” (Forbes) Through the superior, inferior, and everything amid occurring in everyone’s lives, some choose to embrace it while others shove it in the back of their closet and try to forget it. However, while experiencing life, one learns and one grows. Sandra Cisneros’s novel “The House on Mango Street” is considered a coming of age novel. Esperanza, the main character, faces many different challenges and situations in her life. Esperanza is introduced as an innocent girl who later matures into a young adult after developing and grasping onto new concepts. Esperanza cuts off some friendships throughout the novel but also breaks the ice to begin new ones. Friendship is a major theme in the novel considering Esperanza learns many lessons from them. Marin, who is just a bit older than Esperanza, is a role model in the young eyes of Esperanza. Marin shares many stories and valuable information with Esperanza such as becoming a woman, beauty tricks, and anything about boys. Although Marin hopes her knight in shining armor will come sweep her off her feet, Esperanza finds she is more independent and does not need to wait for her knight (Cisneros 26-27). Aside from Marin, early in the novel, Esperanza meets Lucy and Rachel. Esperanza had to give up a friendship with another girl to become friends with the two other girls. Perhaps Esperanza feels more entitled to

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