House On Mango Street

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In Sandra Cisneros book, The House On Mango Street , the theme is of how fantasizing keeps you going. In the story there are many different quotes and stories explaining how Esperanza and her friends would daydream about life in the future. Explaining how Esperanza’s friends are waiting for the perfect husband to come and marry them and take them off out of Mango street. Almost every story has someone daydreaming about how much better life is going to be when they get older. Explaining how there house is going to be big and about how they are going to be much happier then how they are now. The quote from the book that Esperanza wrote was “I want to be like the waves on the sea, like the clouds in the wind, but I’m me. One day ill jump out of my skin. I’ll shake the sky like a hundred violins.” This poem explains to us that Esperanza wants to be somebody. It tells us that Esperanza wants to make a change in this world and wants to be remembered when she dies. This is where Esperanza tries to reach out and explains her feelings with everyone but can’t. A quote of Esperanza’s dream house was “Not a flat. Not an apartment in back. Not a man’s house. Not a daddy’s a house all my own. With my porch and my pillows, my pretty purple petunias. My books and my stories. My two shoes waiting beside thee bed. Nobody to shake a stick at. Nobody’s garbage to pick up after. Only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem.” This tells us what Esperanza is looking forward to in her life. What she thinks her future is going to be like. Another quote from Esperanza is “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 forever. One day I will go away.” This quote explains to us the need to Esperanza to get out of Mango Street. The need for her to get away from all of this which she dislikes.

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