Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street

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In Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street she captures the lives and difficulties of poor Hispanic women through the eyes of a young character named Esperanza. Though Esperanza’s age is not specified at any point in the story it is very clear that she is going through the motions of growing up. In this story Cisneros shows the many troubles these women face such as conflicts with themselves, their husbands (and men in general), and their culture. She also presents the limiting choices they make. The women of this story often make life-changing decisions at a very tender age in hopes of escaping their families, and their backgrounds. However, instead of giving them freedom, these decisions only bring more captivity. A very common choice is getting married too early in order to free themselves. Many of the women of Mango Street have done this, and of course regretted it. An example of this is Sally, who is a young girl from Mango Street who was being abused by her father and in order to escape this tragedy she went ahead and got married, and she hadn't even got to the eighth grade yet. “She says she is in love, but I think she did it to escape” (Linoleum Roses ¶1), was what Esperanza thought of Sally’s sudden venture into the world of adulthood at such a young age. In T.H.O.M.S marriage is a gilded concept, because the women are blinded by the pretty house and the new title and the freedom, however, when they've actually experienced it, they come to a realization that they are enslaved with no getaway. For example, Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays, who “gets locked indoors because her husband is afraid Rafaela will run away since she is too beautiful to look at” (Rafaela Who Drinks Coc... ... middle of paper ... ...” (Marin ¶5). These women are sitting by their windows waiting on someone to come and rescue them, but this might never happen, because they have given in to this lifestyle of hurt, physical and emotional pain, and imprisonment. Like Isadora Duncan said, “Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences.” However, many of the women on Mango Street did not have a choice as they were impecunious and needed someone to fend for them. In the Mexican community, marriage is somewhat of an obligation, but in today’s world the government has provided many options for those lacking financial support, then again, many of these women were unaware of these as they have always been on Mango Street and did not have anyone to direct them on the right path. Works Cited The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
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