The House on Mango Street

1062 WordsJun 27, 20115 Pages
The House on Mango Street Esperanza saw self definition as a struggle, the struggle for self-definition is a common theme, and in The House on Mango Street, Esperanza’s struggle to define herself underscores her every action and encounter. Esperanza must define herself both as a woman and as an artist and her perception of her identity changes over the course of the book. Esperanza portrayed a vivid picture to the audience of her surroundings, the people she encountered, and her interpretation on the events that took place with her and the people in her life at that time. Time and time again Esperanza struggled with how she was perceived and how she wished to be perceived. In the beginning of the book Esperanza wants to change her name…show more content…
She repeats the accusation that her friend lied, blaming Sally for the assault instead of the boys who have hurt and traumatized her. Esperanza blames Sally for not returning after she goes off with an older boy, she is reflecting her anger on sally rather than the boys because she trusted sally to protect her, she was following in Sally’s footsteps, not her own. Eventually, Esperanza decides she does not need to set herself apart from the others in her neighborhood or her family heritage by changing her name, and she stops forcing herself to develop sexually, which she isn’t fully ready for. She accepts her place in her community and decides that the most important way she can define herself is as a writer. “I make a story for my life, for each step my brownstone takes.”(109).As a writer, she observes and interacts with the world in a way that sets her apart from non-writers, giving her the legitimate new identity she’s been searching for. Writing promises to help her leave Mango Street emotionally, and possibly physically as well. “One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango.”(110). Esperanza clearly shows a struggle within herself, she is grasping for the person she herself can identify with inside of herself. She wants to be an individual, get lost and her thoughts and find her way to self by telling stories and writing it all down. Making the choice as to

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