House on Mango Street By:Sandra Cisneros

House on Mango Street By:Sandra Cisneros

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  • House on Mango Street By:  Sandra Cisneros  EXPOSITION
  • Esperanza and her family move to a one bedroom house on Mango Street in Chicago. While the house is better than the old apartment, it still falls short of her expectations. "I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it"(1.11). 
  • Esperanza battles with her place in the world. "The boys and the girls live in separate worlds. The boys in their universe and we in ours"
  • Esperanza wants to leave her neighborhood and desires to grow up. She spends time with Sally, a more worldly girl. She gets a job and one of the old men there forces her to kiss him. "Then he asked if I knew what day it was, and when I said I didn’t, he said it was his birthday and would I please give him a birthday kiss. I thought I would because he was so old and just as I was about to put my lips on his cheek, he grabs my face with both hands and kisses me hard on the mouth and doesn’t let go"
  • Esperanza's friendship with Sally leads to sexual assault at the carnival. "Sally, you lied, you lied. He wouldn’t let me go. He said I love you, I love you, Spanish girl"
  • Esperanza returns her focus to Mango Street and accepts that she belongs there. She rekindles friendships with neighbors and her less mature friends. "Someday I will have a best friend all my own. One I can tell my secrets to. One who will understand my jokes without my having to explain them. Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor" (3.4).
  • Esperanza wants to be strong and have a place of her own. She wants to become a writer who is dependent on only herself.  "One day I'll own my own house, but I won't forget who I am or where I came from. Passing bums will ask, Can I come in? I'll offer them the attic, ask them to stay, because I know how it is to be without a house"(34.3).
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