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The house on mango street
Transcript of The house on mango street
No speak English
Esperanza has been watching her neighbors from across the street and has realized that Mamacita rarely comes outside and she thinks that it's because she can't speak English.
A Rice Sandwich
Esperanza wants to eat in the canteen at school. She wants to so bad that she bothered her mom about it for three days. Esperanza had to go see the superior sister to approve her note to stay in the canteen. The nun tells her to point to the house she lives in but shes so ashamed of it she starts to cry. Even after all that she has been through to eat in the canteen, she realized it was not that big of a privilege.
A house of my own
Bums in the Attic
Our topic has a really big media connection because all around the world people feel like they don't have a permanent place to call home. In most cases they don't even own a house at all.
The house on mango street:
finding a home!
Quote #1 -
"The man paints the walls of the apartment pink. But it's not the same you know. She still sighs for her pink house, and then I think she cries. I would." (77)
"We are home. This is home." (78)
"Then we didn't see her. Somebody said because she's too fat, somebody because of the three flights of stairs, but I believe she doesn't come out because she's afraid to speak English." (77)
In the House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, the reader learns that having a home does not mean owning a house; it means having a place where a person feels like they have a sense of belonging and pride.
Esperanza talks about how her and the rest of her family go and look at nice houses on the hills. She says that one day she'll own one just like it and she'll let bums stay in the attic because she knows what it's like to not have a house.
Esperanza can make a personal connection to Mamacita's situation because she knows what its like to leave her old house behind and be in a new place where she feels she does not belong.
This short story talks about what she wants her house to be like. Without the help of others, nobody else but herself owning it. She just wants a peaceful house to live in.
"One day I'll own my own house, but I won't forget who I am and where I came from." (87)
"I know what it's like to be without a house." (87)
"Not a flat. Not an apartment in back." (108)
- "Okay, Okay, my mother says after three days of this."(44)
"Rats they'll ask. Bums, I'll say, and I'll be happy." (87)
- "... I knew that wasn't my house and started to cry." (45)
- " In the canteen, which was nothing special... while I cried and ate my sandwich, the bread already greasy and the rice cold." (45")
Alicia & i talking on ednas steps
Esperanza has her heart set on owning her own house because she's never been able to before. She also says that she will let bums stay in the attic because she knows how it feels to be in their shoes and not have a house.
"Not a mans house. Not a daddy's. A house all my own." (108)
- Esperanza has a neighbor named Alicia. Alicia asked if she lived in her house and being ashamed of where she lives, Esperanza lies and says she doesn't live there. Alicia tells Esperanza that whether likes it or not Mango Street is a part of who she is.
- "No, this isn't my house I say and shake my head..." (106)
- "I don't belong. I don't ever want to come from here." (106)
- "Like it or not you are Mango street, and one day you will come back to it." (107)
This vignette connects to the theme because Esperanza obviously doesn't feel like she belongs. She's so unhappy that she doesn't have a nice home that she is ashamed to point out her house.
Elenita, cards, palm, water.
This vignette is about a witch woman that is always making sure her baby is not making a mess on her furniture. Esperanza ends up paying her five dollars to get her past, present, and future checked by this witch woman.
" Elenita, witch woman..." (62) -
"... covered with plastic. I think this is account of the baby." (62)
" All this for five dollars I give her." (64)
This connects because Esperanza dreams of a house where she belongs and that she can call her own.
This connects to the theme because the witch checks Esperanza's past, present, and future based on her home. Esperanza is embarrassed of it and doesn't have a good one.
This vignette connects to the theme because Esperanza feels so so ashamed of the house she lives in, she gets upset every time she has to point it out. If she had a home where she felt like she belonged, she wouldn't get upset over people finding out where she lives..
House On Mango Street
In a nutshell, finding a home relates to Esperanza. She feels like she doesn't belong and doesn't have a home. Esperanza goes through many struggles throughout this novel trying to find a place that feels like home. She thinks having a home does not just mean a house to live in, but a place where a person can have a sense of belonging and pride.
Esperanza and her family that kept growing moved a lot. The family had big dreams to move into a bigger and better house. The house on Mango Street wasn't what Esperanza and her family were thinking it was going to be. The house was falling apart, there were no stairs, the door was broken, and the bricks were crumbling.
"Only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem." (108)
"but what I remember most was moving a lot. Each time one more of us." (3)
" They always told us one day we'd move into a house, a real one..." (4)
"But the house on Mango Street is not the way they told it at all." (4)
Esperanza and her family had always hoped to move into their dream home one day and the house on Mango Street was far from it. Esperanza didn't feel like she belonged at the house on Mango Street and she was ashamed of where she lived.
Real World #2
Our topic also has a media connection to foster homes Kids have to often move from home to home, never having a permant place to feel like they belong. This is how Esperanza feels.
Foster Care in America. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Cinceros, S. (1984). The House on Mango Street.