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The House on Mango Street
Transcript of The House on Mango Street
As you grow up, you will be met with more responsibilities and obstacles.
"Because I am the oldest, my father has told me first, and now it is my turn to tell the others."
Esperanza has the responsibility of telling her siblings, and being their role model.
Things are not always what they seem.
"My Papa, his thick hands and thick shoes, who wakes up tired in the dark, who combs his hair with water, drinks his coffee, and is gone before we wake, today is sitting on my bed."
Esperanza sees his father as someone who is strong and superior, but realizes that he isn't superhuman, and is just like everyone else.
The House On Mango Street
"Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark" Excerpt
"...My papa, his thick hands and thick shoes, who wakes up tired in the dark, who combs his hair with water, drinks his coffee, and is gone before we wake, today is sitting on my bed.
And I think if my own Papa died what would I do. I hold my Papa in my arms. I hold and hold and hold him."
Sad, realistic tone
Spanish words such as "Abuelito" and "Está muerto" are used
The chapter has an authentic and raw feel
The author portrays the topic of death as something depressing, but all too real
"I will have to explain why we can't play. I will have to tell them to be quiet today."
"And I think if my own Papa died what would I do. I hold my Papa in my arms."
"as if he just heard the news himself, crumples like a coat and cries" - Simile, alliteration
"All the uncles and aunts will be there, and they will have a black-and-white photo taken in front of the tomb with flowers shaped like spears in a white vase" - Sensory details
"His thick hands and thick shoes" - Repetition
"I will have to explain why we can't play. I will have to tell them to be quiet today." - Repetition
"I hold and hold and hold him." - Repetition
"Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark"
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Esperanza's father is depressed and helpless, while he is usually strong
She tries to empathize with her father
She realizes how important he is, and that she has taken him for granted