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The Monkey Garden
Transcript of The Monkey Garden
Esperanza begins "The Monkey Garden" by describing how the monkey was like a protector of the magnificent garden, and how the beauty begins to demolish once the family and monkey move away. It is a place where the children play, and despite her age, Esperanza continues to have the energy and desire to play, opposed to her friend, Sally. Sally interacts with the boys which makes Esperanza fume with anger, but Sally brushes her off, causing her to feel embarrassed of her reaction.
Chapter in the context of the novel
Esperanza is at that age where playing and acting more maturely don’t coincide as much as she anticipated. She is faced with a situation where individuals her age start becoming intimate with others and she does not know how to react to it.
Analysis of Diction/Syntax
"The Monkey Garden"
Maria Chan & Stacy Echeverria
"There were dizzy bees and bow-tied fruit flies turning somersaults and humming in the air."
"Weeds so many squinty-eyed stars and brush that made your ankles itch and itch until you washed with soap and water."
"The Monkey Garden" contributes to the theme of identity. In this chapter, Esperanza doesn't know where she currently fits in the world.
Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1994. Print.
The House on Mango Street. Digital image. Sanchezfabiola2013. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.
"The family that spoke like guitars."
"...big green apples hard as knees."
"Dead cars appeared overnight like mushrooms."
"I closed my eyes like tight stars."
"The garden began to take over itself."
"The monkey garden became filled with sleepy cars."
Annoyed: "She could be stuck up like that if she wanted to, so I just left. It was her own fault too."
Literary devices: example of imagery
“First one and then another and then a pale blue pick up with the front windshield missing.”
Word choice & sentence structure:
"I wanted to run too.."
“I wanted to will my blood to stop, my heart to quit its pumping. I wanted to be dead…:"
The monkey and his family left, allowing others to visit the garden unafraid.
Became a place where Esperanza could hide from her mother and stay away from her house.
She wants to move out of the neighborhood and live in a better home.
Also may be ashamed of their poverty and the home they live in.
The monkey garden is a place where Esperanza goes to play. This chapter exposes and confuses her which allows her to mature mentally.