HOMS E Kempenich

HOMS E Kempenich
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  • The House on Mango Street
  • Hairs
  • Zzzz...
  • My Name
  • Esperanza
  • Esperanza isn't very proud of the house she currently lives in. In the vignette "The House on Mango Street," she describes the house. The house is "small and red," and it has "windows so small you would think they were holding their breath" (Cisneros 4). This is an example of personification. This piece of figurative language is an example of the book's theme of self identity because it illustrates that the house is old and in shambles, and Esperanza doesn't want to live there.
  • Esperanza isn't proud of her hair either. In the vignette "Hairs," Esperanza describes her family's hairstyles. My family's hairs are easy to take care of, but "me, my hair is lazy." It can never seem to obey any "barrettes or bands" (Cisneros 6). This is an example of personification. This piece of figurative language is an example of the book's theme of self identity because it shows that Esperanza is ashamed of some of her physical traits, and she wishes that she was made more beautiful.
  • Esperanza believes even her name to be evil. In the vignette "My Name," Esperanza talks about how her name is evil and how she doesn't like her name. My classmates always "say my name funny as if the syllables were made of tin," and as if they "hurt the roof of your mouth" (Cisneros 11). This is an example of a simile. This piece of figurative language is an example of the book's theme of self identity because it illustrates that Esperanza doesn't like her name, and she thinks that it's evil.
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