Summary Of The House On Mango Street

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Who does not want a home? A shelter to sleep and a roof to dine under. Of course no one wanted to stay home forever, but once in awhile and even when far away, they will long to return to that sacred place, the place where they grew up and the place they have left behind, home. The desire for a home (or house to be precise, though there was not much of a different for this case) was realistically reflected through a fiction work of Sandra Cisneros, a Mexican American write, a story called The House on Mango Street, where we shall discuss about its setting, plot and character. The setting was never clearly stated in the story, and the process of putting it together here will involve some spoiler for the plot. So far the only thing we known…show more content…
It all started with the narrator (who for the rest of this, I will sometimes refer to as she, because of my faint belief that the writer wrote this fiction to tell about her life in a way), saying “We didn’t always live on Mango Street” (Cisneros 551). Here is one interesting thing: she said “didn’t always live”, which mean at one point or more, they have lived there, while going deeper into the story, it sounded like they have never been there and only get to it half way near the end. The family rented houses and apartments as they were moving, but this time it is different, they bought it, they bought the house on Mango Street on the other side of town, with the money Papa won from lottery. “This was the house Papa talked about when he held a lottery ticket…” (Cisneros 552), but clearly it was not the house everyone, especially our narrator dreamed about. Back to their old place at Loomis, the water pipes broke and it will not get fixed, because “the house was too old” (Cisneros 552), and the family had to shower next door and “...carrying water over in empty milk gallons” (Cisneros 552), life was too rough and they had to leave, leave it immediately, and no second thoughts. Dream came true to the folks when Papa waved the lottery ticket in his hand,…show more content…
However, you can look at it and say the parents lied to them, about the big nice house with basement and yard with no fence, when they actually can only afford a small, broken down house on Mango Street. That is a very sad side of the story, when you wanted to cheer your children up, and ended up shattering their hope and dream for a better house. Beside the three of the six characters introduced, other members of the family has only been mentioned twice by name, and that was all we know about them, just their names (Carlos, Kiki, Nenny). Oh wait, there was one more character in the story, a mean
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