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The House on Mango Street - Quotes

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James Holley

on 7 September 2012

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Quote #1 “In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.” Page 10 The House on Mango Street Quotes Quote #2 “They are the only ones who understand me. I am the only one who understands them. Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here but are here.” Page 74 Explanation #1: James
Esperanza is unhappy with her name. Her name reminds her of sadness and grief. She says her name is dirty and incomplete. She wishes for a different name, one that matches who she is. However, in reality Esperanza is a perfect name, because, "The House on Mango Street" is based on "hope". Explanation #2: Matthew
The skinny trees is a metaphor that stands for Esperanza's loneliness. She describes the trees as being similar to her in some key aspects such as her pointy elbows and long neck. Similar to her own story, she explains that even though the trees do not belong...there they stand. Quote #3 "I want to be like the waves on the sea, like the clouds in the wind, but I'm me. One day I'll jump out of my skin. I'll shake the sky like a hundred violins". Page 60 Explantion #3: Will In this quote, Esperanza is dreaming of a life better than the one she has. She states that one day she will succeed in making a name for herself, and everyone will be aware of her victory. (Shake the sky like a hundred violins.) Quote #4 "Most likely I will go to hell and most likely I deserve to be there. My mother says I was born on an evil day and prays for me. Lucy and Rachel pray too. For ourselves and each other . . . because of what we did to Aunt Lupe." Page 58 Explanation #4: Nathan She is put down by her family for something that was out of her control. . . her birthday. Esperanza is resentful of her actions, and so are her sisters. Although their actions did not kill Aunt Lupe the girls cannot help but feel responsible. Quote #5 "I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this wasn't it. The House on Mango Street isn't it. For the time being, Mama says. Temporarily, says Papa. But, I know how those things go." Page 5 Explanation #5: James Esperanza is embarrassed by her House on Mango Street. She doesn't want anyone to know she lives there because she is ashamed. Her parents say things will get better, but Esperanza has been down that road of false hope before. Quote #6 "Someday I will have a best friend of my own. One I can tell my secrets to. One who will understand my jokes without my having to explain them. Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor." Page 9 Explanation #6: Matthew Esperanza wants a friend unlike all the rest. She wants one who she can trust with her problems and enjoy life together. But, until she finds the right person she is stuck right where she is. (A balloon tied to an anchor.) Quote #7 "Your abuelito is dead, Papa says early one morning in my room. Esta muerto, and Papa cries. I have never seen my Papa cry and don't know what to do." Page 56 Explanation #7: Will Esperanza feels helpless when her dad comes into her room one morning with horrible news. Her grandmother had died. Esperanza's dad most likely had a strong connection with her which is why he showed so much emotion. Quote #8 "You must remember to come back. For the ones who cannot leave as easily as you. You will remember? She asked as if she was telling me. Yes, yes I said a little confused."
Page 105 Explanation #8: Nathan Esperanza had wished to leave Mango Street and start a new life elsewhere. One of the palm reading sisters pulled her aside and told her, as if she knew what she wished for, that she must come back and help the others get out as well. THE END
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