Transformations In The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros

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Throughout the novel, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, we see the main character, Esperanza, overcome several obstacles in her life and evolve as the novella progresses. Esperanza feels empowered by many things in her life, but most often we see her use her writing as an empowering vehicle for her escape from all of her troubles in her day to day life. There are many ways that a person could use something to help them escape from a certain situation, or scenario, but the way that Esperanza escapes from Mango Street is through her writing. As she says on page 110, “I put it down on paper and then the ghost does not ache so much” (Cisneros 110). Through this quote, we see Esperanza conveying that, now that she has left, she is able to forget about Mango Street through her writing and that, by writing about it, she is able to forget her past and move on. Writing about the pain that a location or object may hold for someone is a common coping mechanism used by many to let go of the past. But another reason that Esperanza may write about Mango Street is to help her relieve her fear of potentially having to go back to the place she once called home. “You will always be Mango Street. You can’t erase what you know. You can’t forget who you are” (Cisneros 105). In this passage, the three sisters are reminding Esperanza that she will “always be Mango Street” and that she must one day come back for those who can’t leave. Esperanza reacts with opposition to this
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