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Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water
The Three Sisters
Alicia & I Talking on Edna's Steps
The vignette, Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water, is very telling of the theme of this book. The theme of this book is how Esperanza feels like part of her identity belongs to her home. When Esperanza visits Elenita, the fortune teller, she is told that, "there is a home in the heart" (Cisneros 64). This is the first time Esperanza is told this, and it really impacts her.
In the vingette, The Three Sisters, Esperanza is at a funeral of some family friends, once again feeling lost and uncertain. Of the three sisters, the oldest, wisest sister tells Esperanza, "You will always be Esperanza You will always be Mango Street" (Cisneros 105). Esperanza started to notice a pattern in what people were telling her. So Esperanza took to this knowledge, and went home to help her family.
In the final vignette that is representative of this theme Esperanza is talking to her friend, Alicia, from Guadalajara. While talking about home, Alicia tells Esperanza, "Like it or not you are Mango Street. And one day you'll come back too" (Cisneros 107) Esperanza sees this as a confirmation to her speculations. Esperanza finally understands she has a "home in the heart."
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