The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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I am writing a literary analysis on “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros. This story takes place in the center of an over populated Latino neighborhood in Chicago, a city where many of the poor areas are ethnically segregated. This novella uses two main symbols shoes and trees. Later in the literary analysis I will explain what these mean to the main characters. There are three main characters in the novella Esperanza, Sally and Nenny (short for “Magdalena”). The House on Mango Street tells the life of Esperanza over a years’ time. Over the course of the year, Esperanza became more mature sexually and emotionally. She is determined to break free from the abuse of Mango Street to have a place of her own, but soon has a strong feeling of responsibility towards the people in her community. In the literary analysis I will be breaking down the Character, symbols and theme to give you a better look into the lives of the characters on Mango Street. The characters of The House on Mango Street include Esperanza the narrator, her family and her many friends and neighbors. In this literary analysis I will be analyzing the main three, Esperanza, Sally and Nenny. In The House on Mango Street a year goes by and Esperanza matures. She begins growing into a young woman. More people see her as a lady and not and innocent child. She also develops a sexual desire for some of the neighborhood boys. Emotionally she feels the desire for love. Although, her sexual desire becomes

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