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Esperanza’s negative view of herself slowly changes as she begins to focus on her larger community and her place within it. Through this, Cisneros shows that knowing and accepting where we have come from is an important part of growing up and determining who we are.
Essay Option #1
"In English, my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It it s the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing" (10).
"[Nenny] is in a world we don't belong to anymore" (52).
"And then she died, my aunt who listened to my poems. And then we began to dream the dreams" (61).
"When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is I look at trees... Four who grew despite concrete. Four who do not forget to reach" (75).
One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever... They will not know I have gone away to come back. For the ones I left behind" (110).
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