The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street
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  • "I know then I had to have a house.A real house.One I could point to."
  • Esperanza and her family moved to Mango Street.The house was red, rundown and old.She was not proud to say that this is house she lives in.
  • Esperanza gets a friend called Cathy only till next Tuesday.Cathy tells her that the neighborhood is getting bad.After Cathy moves out Meme Ortiz moves in.
  • "Cathy's father built the house Meme moved into.It is wooden.Inside the floors slant.Some rooms uphill.Some down.And there are no closets
  • Downstairs from Meme's is a basement apartment that Meme's mother fixed up and rented to a Puerto Rican family
  • Louie and his family moves into Meme's basement.Louie's cousin drives around with Marin, Louie's sisters, and Esperanza.Then Louie's cousin gets chased by the cops and crashes the car.
  • "Earl lives next door in Edna's basement, behind the flower boxes Edna paints green each year, behind the dusty geraniums."
  • "Earl lives in Edna's basement.When his door opens it lets out a breath of mold and darkness.You only see his wife sometimes at his apartment at night and everyone has their own opinion on how she looks like.Esperanza knows that she is a prostitute."
  • Esperanza doesn't want an apartment.She wants her own house and doesn't want a man to give it to her.She wants to leave Mango Street by herself.
  • "Not a flat.Not an apartment in the back.Not a man's house.Not a daddy's house.A house all my own."
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