The House On Mango Street

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When children are born the difference between whether the baby is a girl or boy depends on their chromosomes. The difference is that girls chromosomes are 46XX and boys are 46XY. This does not give boys any more authority in society than women, yet many women still feel inferior to men. In The House on Mango Street, Cisneros when writing, creates a separation between men and women in society. She focuses on how the men feel as though they have more authority over women. Cisneros takes each woman and makes each one of them them weak. By doing this, Cisneros makes it feel as though these women are owned by the men in their community. She explicitly talks about these women being abused and restricted by men to instill a lesson that …show more content…

Rafaela, a beautiful, young girl, feels controlled by her husband, but sits inside doing nothing to change his undermining demeanor. Equally important, Rafaela 's husband is afraid of losing Rafaela 's beauty to the outside world and feels he has authoritative power over her to prevent this from occurring. Rafaela’s beauty intimidates her husband 's sense of power. Since her beauty threatens her husband, he locks her indoors to strip her from her freedom and show his dominance over her. The quote states that Rafaela leans out her window a lot, which creates the thought that she wants to go outside and explore the world. Rafaela’s husband is afraid of losing her because her beauty is so powerful that he uses male power to restrain her. Rafaela can ultimately deny her husband 's orders and go outside, but she chooses to cower to his authority by staying inside. Similar to Rafaela, Esperanza’s grandmother was an independent woman, strong and proud: “Until my great-grandfather threw a sack over her head and carried her off. Just like that, as if she were a fancy chandelier...She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was

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