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The House on Mango Street Literary Devices/Elements

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Susan Vuong

on 2 June 2015

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The House on Mango Street
By: Susan Vuong

Foreshadow
"We didn't always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on
Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina, and before that I can't remember" (Cisneros 3).
Foil Character
"It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing" (Cisneros 10).
Alliteration
"With my porch and my pillows, my pretty purple petunias" (Cisneros 108).
Metaphor
Simile
"Can't you see they smell like a broom" (Cisneros 14).
In the book
The House on Mango Street
, Sally is a foil character compared to Esperanza because Sally is more mature, likes hanging around boys, and is more confident about herself than Esperanza.
Irony
"I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it" (Cisneros 5).
Allusion
"Today we are Cinderella because our feet fit exactly, and we laugh at Rachel's one foot with a girl's grey sock and a lady's high heel" (Cisneros 40).
Hyperbole
"There are a million zillion kinds" (Cisneros 35).
Imagery
"I had to look where she pointed — the third floor, the paint peeling, wooden bars Papa had nailed on the windows so we wouldn't fall out" (Cisneros 5).
Personification
"Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine" (Cisneros 74).
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