Poverty In The House On Mango Street

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The House on Mango Street, is a fictional novel written by Sandra Cisneros. The House on Mango Street is a novel composed of connected vignettes. The novel is told through the eyes of Esperanza, the main heroine. Throughout the novel Esperanza expresses her desire to leave Mango Street for a better, wealthier, and happier life. Esperanza makes many references to her feelings about her family's poverty; in multiple vignettes Esperanza expresses her sadness,resentfulness, and disappointment of her poverty In the vignette "a rice sandwich" Esperanza shows her embarrassment and sadness for her family's poverty. "That one? She said, pointing to a row of ugly three-flats, that even the raggedy men are ashamed to go into. Yes, I nodded even though I knew that was not my house and started to cry." (Cisneros, 45). This quote really portrays Esperanza's sadness. Even though, Esperanza knew that was not her house she started to cry…show more content…
" They always told me that one day we would move into a real house, that would be ours. A house with trees, a white picket fence, real stairs and running water. The house on Mango Street isn't it. " (Cisneros, 4). This quote gives the reader a better understanding on why Esperanza is so frustrated with her poverty. Esperanza is constantly being let down because her poverty gets in the way. Her parents make all these promises to her that they cannot keep, because they do not have the money. Esperanza is still young and so far her life has been full of disappointment. When Esperanza's family moved into The House on Mango Street Esperanza's was excited, she expected to be moving into her dream house. Yet, once again her family's poverty gets in the way and they move into a shabby house. Esperanza's constant disappointment causes her a great deal of emotional pain, and all this pain leads back to her family's
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