Every community has their own standards for the men, women and children. If a child were to grow up in a white dominant, high-class town like Poway, CA, they would be expected to complete high school, go to college, get a well-paid job and then marry in their mid-twenties. In The House on Mango Street, a Hispanic, second-class community expects their women to grow up, drop out of school, marry early to escape their family and depend on their husband. For a girl who grows up in that kind of society, it will most likely become her fate. No matter what her dreams may be, there is an established invisible shield that blocks most of the women from escaping their mother's and grandmother's destiny of a sheltered housewife. Cisneros writes what Esperanza experiences as she grows up and how she tries to understand the role of gender and break free of her neighborhood. As Cisneros tells the tragic stories of the women Esperanza encounters through her metaphoric vignettes, she also shows the reader how Esperanza observes and learns to escape the harsh realities that surround her and become the free spirit that Esperanza naturally is.
Annie O. Eysturoy in “House Symbolism in The House on Mango Street” discusses the idea that many parts of the setting described by Esperanza are a representation of her. The house makes her oppressive socioeconomic situation very apparent. Eysturoy also notes that at the beginning of The House on Mango Street Esperanza refers to we. “ We didn’t always live on Mango Street” (3). “It’s not the house we thought we’d get” (3). Eventually, as her discontent grows, Esperanza begins to talk in terms of I. “I knew then I had to have a house. A real house”
Ahmad Alhrgan ESOL 104/106 May 6, 2014 Essay 5 Belonging What is the pervasive dream, and also the pervasive issue, that influences every character in The House on Mango Street? The answer is “belonging”: that hunger for finding a place, a final niche, that you can call “home”. Cisneros uses symbolism to represent the need of belonging throughout the novel in the motif of the houses that some of the characters miss, or wish to get to, or feel ashamed of.
In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros tells the story of Esperanza and talks about her life in a rural, poor, Hispanic neighborhood. Because her family was poor, their house on Mango Street was small, whereas Esperanza wants a bigger and better house. On Mango Street, Esperanza meets Lucy and Rachel, who also come from poor families. Over the years, Esperanza thinks about how to get through poverty. One of the novel's main themes is “Maturity.” As Esperanza matures, her desire for men emerges. However, when, she is sexually assaulted at a carnival, she puts aside her sexuality to focus on writing. Despite the many hardships she experiences, neighbors tell Esperanza in the end that she must return to Mango Street to help the people who still live there instead of moving away. Through the character of Esperanza, Cisneros discusses the difficulties of living in poverty and struggling to overcome one's circumstances.
Esperanza is first influenced by an experience out of her control when she is forced to uproot from her previous home and move to a new house on Mango Street. Her initial idea of the house was that it was just another house; falling apart like the ones before with,
The thesis of The House on Mango Street is the all about the struggling of Esperanza with her cultural inheritance, neighborhood, and her family economics status. Esperanza always comforts herself by writing stories and being happy with her friends. Although Esperanza had to go through all of this, it didn’t stop her from being hard working girl and confident to herself
As a young girl, Esperanza is a young girl who looks at life from experience of living in poverty, where many do not question their experience. She is a shy, but very bright girl. She dreams of the perfect home, with beautiful flowers and a room for everyone. When she moves to the house of Mango Street, reality is so different than the dream. In this story, hope (Esperanza) sustains tragedy. The house she dreamed of was another on. It was one of her own. One where she did not have to share a bedroom with everyone. That included her mother, father and two siblings. The run down tiny house has "bricks crumbling in places". The one she dreamed of had a great big yard, trees and 'grass growing without a fence'. She did not want to abandon where she came from, but she knew she wanted to be free of everything that life on Mango Street brought. "They will not know I have gone away to come back. For the ones I have left behind". She is committed to her roots on Mango Street.
In House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza dreams of leaving Mango Street, for a better life of friendship, love, and a house of her own. For example, when she first moves into the house on Mango Street, she thinks, “They always told us that one day we would move into a house, a real house, that would be
Esperanza, the main character of The House on Mango Street, a novella written by Sandra Cisneros in 1984, has always felt like she didn’t belong. Esperanza sought a different life than the ones that people around her were living. She wanted to be in control of her life, and not be taken away by men as so many others around her had. Esperanza wanted to move away from Mango Street and find the house, and life she had always looked for. Through the use of repetition, Sandra Cisneros conveys a sense of not belonging, that can make a person strong enough to aspire to a better life.