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The book House On Mango Street highlights the uses of sexism in everyday setting. Sandra Cisneros repeatedly uses examples of women being manipulated or pressured into something they don't want to do.
Married women sitting in widows are a common theme. I believe they represent the materializing and oppression of women.
The men married to these women don't let them leave the house, in fear that their wives won't come back to take care of them.
Not only are the women in the windows a symbol of loss, but also the past. These married ladies are reflecting on what their exciting lives once led them, and now they mourn the loss of their future.
Throughout the book there is also the theme of women being viewed as prizes. Perhaps that's why they're always in the windows, kept safe and out of reach. Relationships are always benefiting the man, the mans family, and the girls family. Usually not the girl.
Overall, the book sheds light on issues that are still present in todays society: jealousy, manipulation and a lack of respect for others.
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