The House on Mango Street

600 WordsApr 23, 20193 Pages
The short story by Sandra Cisneros revolves truly around the tittle “The House on Mango Street” and how her family moved from places to places to get there. The recollection of the street names her family lived on and how every time they moved “there’d be one more of us” added to the authors focus of emphasizing how important the word “home” meant to her throughout the story. The family of six included Mama, Papa, brothers Carlos and Kiki, and sister Nenny. According to the author’s memory, she had lived on Loomis, Keeler and Paulina. “We don’t have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people, downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and there isn’t a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom.” The authors…show more content…
The author had high expectation for this house, but fails to realize that her family was constantly moving from one poor district of Chicago to another. The addition of a family member every time they moved didn’t help their economic status either due to the increase in budget when you have one more child to take care of. The major themes of the short story were home, family, poverty and self-identity. Cisneros need for a home is much related to her economic situation, her dreams and frustrations towards her family. Someone to blame for this would be Mama and Papa that keep forming this image of the perfect house in the authors mind. “This was the house Papa talked about when he held a lottery ticket and this was the house Mama dreamed up in the stories she told us before we went to bed.” The severity of her disappointment and the shame is demonstrated when she describes the house on Mango Street. “Where do you live? she asked. There, I said pointing up to the third floor. You live there? There… I lived there. I nodded.” The exchange of question and answer between the nun and the author created a tome of tension to the dialogue. The italicizing of text tied into the theme of home and the verbal beating tolerated by the author. The short story ends with “I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn’t it…For the time being, Mama says. Temporary, says Papa, But I know how those things go.” This statement by Cisneros is

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