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Copy of House on Mango Street: Sire
Transcript of Copy of House on Mango Street: Sire
by Sandra Cisneros
by Audrey Ann Crocker
March 5, 2012 Spark (cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr Theme Statement In the vignette, "Sire," Sandra Cisneros develops the idea of the maturing of adolescent girls and their desire for relationships. Textual Evidence: Esperanza admires and even envies the relationship between Sire and Lois. This vignette focuses on Esperanza and how she is maturing as an adolescent girl. The vignette begins with Esperanza thinking: "I don't remember when I first noticed him looking at me-Sire." She is beginning to watch Sire, "a punk" boy who Esperanza catches noticing her. This shows that she doesn't remember the first time she was aware of her desire for a boy's attention. This is a new thing for her and she is uncomfortable, but being a courageous character, she decides to be brave and take on this new feeling. "I had to prove to me I wasn't scared of nobody's eyes, not even his." She wishes to be pretty and something boys want to look at and be with.
Esperanza is frightened by her new-found need for Sire's attention; she is uncomfortable as she matures. "They didn't scare me. They did, but I wouldn't let them know." "I watch them." "I want to be all new and shiny."
"Sire" Summary Figurative language "I looked into the dusty cat fur of his eyes..."
Developes Sire's Character Cisneros, Sandra. "Sire." The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage, 1991. 72-73. Print. Makes Sire seem unapproachable Esperanza has to be brave and look back at him. "I had to look back hard, just once, like he was glass."
"...I saw her barefoot baby toenails all painted pale pale pink, like little pink seashells..." Throughout the vignette she watches, and begins to envy, Sire's relationship with Lois... ...his girlfriend who wears pale pink and can't tie her shoes. By the end, Esperanza is more aware of her wish for a boy to want her. This is a recurring theme in the novella. Thank you for watching! Cisneros continually hints at the theme of the maturing of teenage girls throughout the novella, by introducing other female characters such as Marin and Sally. Makes Lois seem delicate Esperanza feels superior-especially because she can also tie her own shoes without help. "...Her bones are long like ladies' bones..." Further develops Lois' character. "...the trees talking to themselves:wait, wait, wait." Previously in the novella we learn that the trees are the only ones who understand Esperanza. This is her way of listening to her own sensible advice to wait for a relationship.