The House on Mango Street

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  • The New House
  • Esperanza
  • Nenny and I
  • I've longed for a home of my own but this is no home. I wanted a home to be proud of not this run down place. This is not my home, this is my house for the time being.
  • Growing Up
  • "In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting." (direct quote)
  • Rafaela
  • "Nenny and I don't look like sisters" the way our friends do but once you get to know us, you notice the resemblance. I've always looked after Nenny. She wouldn't be my choice of friend if she weren't my sister, but we stick together anyway.
  • Leaving
  • Racheal, Lucy, and I strutted the new heels we got down Mango Street and through the little shops. The attention we get from boys and men is exciting but scary. When the bum asks Lucy for a kiss in exchange for a dollar we all run back home. The heels are too much for us to handle yet.
  • Rafaela is who I don't want to turn into. Her husband locks her inside her own home so she won't leave him. She is very beautiful and very young but she is getting older staying in her house all day.
  • One day I will leave Mango Street. I will leave without a second thought to better myself. Maybe one day I will return for those left behind, I will help them. But first, I need to help myself.
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