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The House on Mango Street: A Fairy-tale

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Kate Kolarova

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Transcript of The House on Mango Street: A Fairy-tale

by Kate Kolarova The House on Mango Street:
A Fairy-tale Sally as
Snow White The physical description of Sally is reminiscent of Snow White. Rafaela as Rapunzel afaela leans out the window
and leans on her elbow and dreams
her hair like Rapunzel's" (79). Rosa Vargas
"Rosa Varga's kids are too many and too much" (29).

"It's not her fault" (29).
Throughout the novella, Cisneros alludes to several fairy-tale characters to strengthen her own characters' description and point out several stereotypes or themes. nce upon a time there
was a little girl called Esperanza Cordero, named after "[her] great-grandmother", who moved from Mexico to Mango Street, Chicago. Most of the women
who live on Mango
Street wait for their prince
to take them away from their common and tragic lives as in the well-known fairy-tales like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty,
and others. Sally n the beginning of the story,
Sally embodies Esparanza's
desires. "Sally is the girl with eyes like Egypt
and nylons the color of smoke" (81). no virtue, innocence,
clarity "The Monkey Garden" (94) prostitution he boys at school think [she] is
beautiful because her hair is
shiny black as raven feathers" (81). Sally Snow White Like Snow White's step-mother, Sally's father imprisons her because of her beauty "She can't go out" (81). Sally Snow White Happy ending? n the end Sally "[marries a marshmallow salesman]... she met at a school bazar" (101). "Linoleum rose" (101). imprisonment theme woman's place in society society stereotype "[Esperanza's grandmother] looked
out her window all her life, the way so
many other women sit their sadness
on an elbow" (11). n Tuesdays, Rafaela
"throws a crumbled dollar down and always asks for a coconut or sometimes papaya juice" (80). "Same story" (85). Cultural stereotype Rafaela Rapunzel Thesis: O Snow White Sally "...waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall,
someone to change her life" (27). Escape Theme Modern vs.
Traditional Princesses Windows Theme
- fairy-tale vs. reality hierarchy in family and society

"They are bad those Vargases, and how can they help it with only one mother who is tired all the time" (29). The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe symbol for
fertility Esperanza Not your everyday kind of princess, in fact, not a princess at all "R I "T I O here Was an Old Woman She Had So Many
Children She Didn't Know What to Do" (29). "T I n the beginning of the
fairy tale, Esperanza has thoughts of a selfish child who wants outer beauty and popularity. She follows the wrong path and focuses on unimportant values. Then Esperanza takes charge. "You must remember to always come back for the others" (105). round and dynamic
character conflict man vs. society
conflict man vs. man he "[comes] back" for others, the
people stuck and imprisoned by a fairy-tale (110). "S Active Role hey are the only ones who
understand me... Four who do not belong here but are here" (74). "T Cisneros disregards
the typical stereotype Esperanza assumes the prince's role. Man vs. Society conflict: Man vs. Man Conflict: "A nd then [Esparanza] does
not know why], but [she has] to turn around and pretend she does not care" (20). Dynamic Character Transition from childhood
to adulthood Placement of
Conflicts Irony he bell rang and fairy-tale
comes to its end. By the definition of a fairy-tale, our Esperanza is not a princess at all because she does not wait for her prince. In fact, she sets on a journey of "inventing for herself who and what she will become" (back cover). T Passive
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