"I wish I can come home and have a different name a name that I like, like Zeze or X
Nenny can come home and have her name be nenny instead of her name.
A Rice Sandwich
Hands them the note to eat at the canteen at school instead of having to go home to eat.
Sorry we can't accept this
Bums in the Attic
One day I'll own my own house but i would forget where I came from.
Esperanza doesn't like her name she wants to change it to a name that she feels is right for her name.
Beautiful & Cruel
Im going to stay trap in by look and Nenny she is pretty
The divide between Esperanza’s race and class and that of the rest of her school is most evident in this section, as she feels inferior and wants to be like the “special” kids. Esperanza shows some humor and versatility in her speaking voice as she convinces her mother to pack a lunch.
Sally shouldn't have left me..other people never told me about things like this.
Esperanza begins to get more practical in realizing her goals – she no longer wants to just dream about a house, but to actually work and get one for herself. This chapter is also the first time that Esperanza promises to remember “where she came from.” Before, she just wanted to escape Mango Street and never return, but now she realizes she must help those who aren’t as strong as she is. She realizes the privileged world of the suburbs is unfair to people like her.
Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes
makes stories about walking in my “sad brown shoes.” I'm going to tell about a “girl who didn’t want to belong,”
Esperanza tries to find a solution to her inner conflict by becoming like a femme fatale of the movies – that is, being sexual and desired by men, but also retaining all her own power and agency. Her first act of this new “self” is humorously small, but also tragic in its own way – by refusing to wash her dishes, she is only making more work for another woman, in this case her mother.
Esperanza does not blame her attackers for her rape, but instead is angry at Sally and the other women in her life. She lashes out at what she knows, as she is not strong enough to attack the world of oppressive men yet.
She has found that writing sets her free and helps build her identity – writing is the “home in the heart” that Elenita predicted. Esperanza also resolves to do what the three sisters and Alicia suggested – that is, leave Mango Street to become strong, and then return for the sad, trapped ones who cannot improve their lives on their own