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the house of mango street

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Tracy Nguyen

on 12 November 2014

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Transcript of the house of mango street

"We didn't always live on Mango Street... but what I remember most is Mango Street, sad red house, the house I belong but do not belong to."
The house oN mango street
and nathaniel zuniga

The theme for The House on Mango Street is the
struggle for self-definition.
"The House On Mango Street"
"My Name"
"Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark"
"Mango says Goodbye Sometimes"
"A Smart Cookie"
Esperanza talks about how her mom regrets not going to school. She said that Esperanza has to try hard and finish school so that she could take care of herself.
In the first vignette, Esperanza talks about her family and her other homes. Esperanza's parents told her how great her new house would be, but her new house doesn't fit her parents description at all.
In this vignette Esperanza talks about her name. Esperanza also talks about her grandmother and how she would like to have a new name.
Esperanza talks about leaving her little red house on Mango Street, to write about little stories about her life. She says that although she is leaving, she's only leaving to come back. Mango Street is where she is from, but isn't tied down to.
In the third vignette, Esperanza's dad tells her that her grandpa died. Esperanza sees her dad cry, knowing that he will have to go away to her grandpa's funeral. She also wonders what she would do if her dad died.
- is a character because as the end gets closer, Esperanza accepts where she lives.
- the

realistic (down-to-earth)
- realized this was all she had

- wants a house
- wants a new name

Mango Street
Where she belongs (

that stands out the most
"I knew then I had to have a house. One I can point to. But this [the house on Mango Street] isn't it."
in the beginning, Esperanza says that she needs a new house and she feels ashamed

later on, she admits that this is where she comes from and she can't change that
Figurative Language
"It is
the number ."
"I would like to have known her,
a wild horse
of a women, so wild she wouldn't marry." (705)
"She was a horse woman too, born like me in the Chinese year of the horse."
point of view
"The third floor, the paint peeling, wooden bars papa had nailed on the windows so we wouldn't fall out."
"She [Mango St.] does not hold me with both arms."

Esperanza wants a new house.
Esperanza wants a different name.
Esperanza's grandpa dies.
Esperanza leaves her house.
Esperanza's mom regrets not going to school.
"I make a story for my life, for each step my brown shoe takes... And so she trudged up the wooden stairs, her sad brown shoes taking her to the house she never liked." (707)
she is going to be leaving, but she isn't going to forget that this is
where she's from
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