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The House on Mango Street

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The House on Mango Street
“They always told us that one day we would move into a house, a real house that would be ours for always so we wouldn’t have to move each year…This was the house Papa talked about when he held a lottery ticket and this was the house Mama dreamed up in the stories she told us before we went to bed”
(The House on Mango Street, Pg. 4)
Many immigrants had very similar hopes and dreams before they left their native countries to live in America. This was called the American Dream. What Esperanza's parents dream of, and the dream that she adopts as well, is a dream for a better life in a better house. A place where each person could have their own privacy.. A place that they could stay in forever.
"In the meantime they'll just have to move a little farther away every time people like us keep moving in."
(Cathy Queen of Cats, Pg. 13)
When Esperanza says "people like us," she is most likely referring to her ethnic background, Latina. Her ethnicity could be a considered as a hindrance to Esperanza's process of adapting to the neighborhood and making friends. A large portion of the neighborhood in which she lives associates the Latino population with "bad neighborhood" or trouble. Esperanza's temporary friend symbolizes this portion of the neighborhood. These are the people that want to be disassociated from all Latinos so therefore they move as far away from them as possible like Cathy claims her family is doing.
"Rose Vargas' kids are too many and too much. It's not her fault you know, except she is their mother and only one against so many."
(There Was an Old Woman She Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What to Do, Pg. 29)
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“Someday I will have a best friend all 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.”
(Boys and Girls, Pg. 9)
She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry she couldn’t be all the things she wanted to be...I have inherited her name but I don’t want to inherit her place by the window.”
(My Name, Pg. 11)
“At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth...Magdalena who at least can come home and become Nenny. But I am always Esperanza.
(My Name, Pg. 11)
I remember the day I first stepped into a public school. I had just transferred from a private school called ISA. The day before school started, I had been stressing out because I didn't know what people would think of my name or looks. I thought I would be laughed at. At ISA, my name was normal because everybody else had an Arabic name as well. Little did I know that public schools are diverse with people of different ethnicities as well. No one laughed at my name, but no one could say my name the way I was used to hearing it though. I didn't necessarily mind though, I was just glad that all the rumors I had heard were proved wrong.
“But my mother’s hair, my mother’s hair, like little rosettes, like little candy circles all curly and pretty because she pinned it in pincurls all day…holding you and you feel safe….”
(Hairs, Pg. 6)
I remember viewing my mom as a queen when I was younger. Anything she did or wore was always perfect to me even if it was weird to my classmates. She was the person I would go to when I was scared or needed anything. She was perfect and safe; perfectly safe.
“I would like to baptize myself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees. Esperanza as Lisandra or Maritza or Zeze the X. Yes. Something like Zeze the X will do.”
(My Name, Pg. 11)
Esperanza feels that her true identity hasn't been found by anyone. She also doesn't feel that her name matches her personality; she might feel that she is much more mysterious or complex. The "X" in the name "Zeze the X" represents something undiscovered. An unknown variable, a blank which is waiting to be filled, the obscure part of Esperanza's personality.
"You want a friend, she says. Okay, I'll be your friend. But only until next Tuesday. That's when we move away. Got to. Then as if she forgot I just moved in, she says the neighborhood is getting bad.
(Cathy Queen of Cats, Pg. 13)
Esperanza befriends Cathy but little does she know that Cathy doesn't like "people like her." Cathy expresses her dislike for the Latino community when she pretends that Esperanza isn't Latina and says she's moving away because "the neighborhood is getting bad." What she means by getting bad is that the neighborhood is getting more and more populated by the Latino community. Based on Esperanza's point of view and what Cathy said, it seems that this isn't the real reason for why she's moving; she just wants to make Esperanza feel bad. Maybe Cathy was just being pretentious?
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“In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting…songs like sobbing.”
(My Name, Pg. 10)
“But the house on Mango Street is not the way they told it, at all. It’s small and red with tight steps in front and windows so small…Everyone has to share a bedroom – Mama and Papa, Carlos and Kiki, me and Nenny.”
(The House on Mango Street, Pg. 4)
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Her Name

Her name is the only object in this world that she truly owns and shall never lose. It is indecisive though and slips between two personalities; a feature she can be proud of and can flaunt, or the finger that gives her away.

It is a paragon; perfect yet imperfect. It is a lengthy story fifteen years in the making. The story that shall continue ‘till the day of her perish. So many stories and memories these five small letters hold, no wonder the middle letter’s back is bent and broken. This is her legacy, her gift to the world. So much potential she holds...
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"And then I don't know why, but I have to turn around and pretend I don't care about the box so Nenny won't see how stupid I am. But Nenny, who is stupider, already is asking how much and I can see her fingers going for the quarters in her pants pocket."
(Gil's Furniture Bought and Sold, Pg. 21)
In this passage, Esperanza's thoughts and behavior were similar to that a younger sibling. When she saw the music box, she turned away because she didn't want her younger sister to think that she was stupid. When Nenny herself expressed interest in the music box, Esperanza called her stupid because she had gotten angry, jealous and frustrated. She had wanted the music box in the first place but she denied interest in it because she knew that buying it would be ridiculous.
"Out front there are twenty-one steps, all lopsided and jutting like crooked teeth (made that way on purpose, Cathy said, so the rain will slide off)..."
(Meme Ortiz, Pg. 22)
The way Esperanza phrased her description of the stairs and the way how she included what Cathy said about them is interesting. Esperanza compared the stairs to crooked teeth which aren't particularly attractive or appealing. This demonstrates that Esperanza doesn't think the stairs look nice. The part about Cathy almost seems sarcastic or mocking. Esperanza had just compared the stairs to crooked teeth and now she says Cathy says they were on purpose. It doesn't seem that Esperanza believes that.
"Marin, under the streetlight, dancing by herself, is singing the same song somewhere. I know. Is waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall, someone to change her life."
(Marin, Pg. 26)
This is the first time in "The House on Mango Street" that we encounter Esperanza envisioning a scene in her mind.
"All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight. Yeah. That is how it goes and goes."
(Those Who Don't, Pg. 28)
"Down, down Mango Street we go. Rachel, Lucy, me. Our new bicycle. Laughing the crooked ride back."
(Our Good Day, Pg. 17)
Down the bumpy road I ride
In a two wheel bike for the first time
My heart swells with pride
I feel as if I've sprouted wings

The wind stings my face
I smile anyway because I'm having fun
It whispers and tickles the tips of my ears
My hair wildly flying around

I laugh and I laugh as I ride down the tortuous path
I feel like I am the gingerbread man
"Run, run, as fast as you can.
You can't cant me,
I'm the gingerbread man!"
"Nenny and I don't look like sisters...not right away. Not the way you can tell with Rachel and Lucy who have the same popsicle lips like everybody in their family. But me and Nenny, we are more alike than you would now. Our laughter for example..."
(Laughter, Pg. 17)
Esperanza says that she and Nenny look nothing alike but have similarities that may not be apparent from their appearances. My younger brother and I are the complete opposite of Nenny and Esperanza. We happen to be quite similar in appearance, but our behaviors and interests contrast so sharply that I myself sometimes wonder how we are related!
"Only there's nothing like that where this old man is pointing, just a wooden box that's old and got a big brass record in it with holes. Then he starts it up and all sorts of things start happening...Or like marimbas only with a funny little plucked sound to it..."
(Gil's Furniture Bought and Sold, Pg. 20)
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“...and nobody looked up not once the day Angel Vargas learned to fly and dropped from the sky like a sugar donut, just like a falling star, and exploded down to earth without even an "Oh."
(There Was an Old Woman She Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What to Do, Pg 30)
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Sandra Cisneros
"Where do you live? She asked. There I said pointing up to the third floor. You live there? There. The way she said it made me feel like nothing.”

(The House on Mango Street, Pg. 5)
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The balloon that Esperanza talks about is red for a reason. Red is vibrant and stands out in a crowd. The balloon is singular which shows that Esperanza feel lonely because she doesn't have any friends. The anchor means that she's still waiting for that friend to come along and lift her spirits. The friend that will let her float once the anchor's gone instead of fall like some of the other children who live on Mango Street.
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Man In the Red Suit

A child was once told a story
Being just a child he believed it to be fact
He was told that a jolly and cheerful man slipped down the chimney
Every Christmas Eve
Bringing him a present if he was good and heavy coals if he misbehaved

Five years passed and on that Christmas Eve
The child decided that he would pretend he was asleep and wait for Santa
He wanted to see Santa drinking the milk and eating the cookies
He wanted to see how many presents the man in the red suit would bring

A figure did appear at last
But then the child began to shed silent tears
Santa wore only flannel pajama pants and not a red suit
Santa had only scruff instead of a white and fluffy beard
Santa was a lean figure and had none of the extra weight he should have
Santa was his father who only drank the milk until the glass was half empty

Christmas was never the same for the child
Who was told so many things about Santa
But his eyes proved to him that it was all just make believe
And now he has to accept the harsh reality
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Through this passage, the reader learns that the "so many" women did not necessarily get much of a say in what they say or what they do. Esperanza doesn't want to live that kind of life. She inherited her grandmother's name but doesn't want to inherit this way of living. Passing time by sadly staring out of a dusty window and living life under the shadow of men.
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"Only five dollars, she says. Don't talk to them, says Cathy. Can't you see they smell like a broom. But I like them. Their clothes are crooked and old...Cathy is tugging my arm and I know whatever I do next will make her mad forever."
(Our Good Day, Pg. 14)
Only five dollars...?
It's either me or them, Esperanza... Think smart
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"We were playing volleyball in the alley when he drove up in this great big yellow Cadillac with whitewalls and a yellow scarf tied around the mirror...We each had to sit with one of Louie's little sisters on our lap, but that was okay."
(Louie, His Cousin, and His Other Cousin, Pg. 23)
Imagine that this car is a yellow Cadillac with whitewalls in color...
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