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House on Mango Street Intro
Transcript of House on Mango Street Intro
Her glistening blonde hair gleamed in the rays of golden sun. Denotation Connotation Diction Tone Mood Simile Metaphor The dictionary definition to a word; there are no emotions, values, or personal attachments to the denotation of a word The emotions, images, value, or personal connections you have to a word Example: Esperanza moved to a new house, but she knew it wasn't the home she dreamed of.
"House" and "home" have similar denotations, but different connotations. A comparison of two unalike things using the words "like" or "as." A comparison of two unalike things. Does NOT use the words "like" or "as." A metaphor is when one thing becomes another in the comparison. Particular word choice an author chooses to effectively express exactly what the writer wants A feeling the writer creates in the reader The writer's attitude toward the material Tone changes throughout the story and can be playful, frustrated, angry, serious, ironic, depressed, etc. The 5 senses Sight Hear Smell Taste Touch Descriptions creating a visual image of what is in the story Descriptions about what you should hear while reading the story Descriptions about what you should smell while reading the story Descriptions about what things feel like while reading the story Descriptions of what things taste like while reading the story Examples: Sight Hear Smell Taste Touch "It's small and red with tight steps in front...Bricks are crumbling in places, and the front door is so swollen...There is no front yard. Out back is a small garage...and a small yard that looks smaller between the two buildings on either side." (Cisneros 4) "At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth." (Cisneros 11) "...is the warm smell of bread before you bake it, is the smell when she makes room for you on her side of the bed still warm with her skin..." (Cisneros 7) "Nenny's hair is slippery-slides out of your hand." (Cisneros 6) "...ate my sandwich, the bread already greasy and the rice cold." (Cisneros 45) The mood usually depends on Esperanza's own mood in the story Sandra Cisneros uses distinct diction to enhance her abnormal short story writing style Sandra Cisneros uses an abnormal writing style for her short story. The chapters are in vignette form, with broken sentences, and incorrect punctuation. Examples:
Her hair is a jungle of curls.
"Life is a highway." Examples:
Her personality is as bubbly as a freshly-opened can of soda.
The stern look he gave me made his face look like stone. Examples:
The run down house looked depressed.
The rays of sun tiptoed through the meadow. Examples:
I was surprised his nose wasn't growing like Pinocchio's.
Money was so tight, she acted like a Scrooge. Vignette: a brief account that focuses on one moment or topic in great detail Main Character: Esperanza
Setting: a Barrio in Chicago, roughly the 1970's or 80's
Barrio: an urban, Spanish-speaking neighborhood in a U.S. city