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The House on Mango
Street Seminar Sara Hew-Wing and Madeleine Yeskoo Red Clowns Pages 99-100 The Three Sisters Pages 103 - 105 Page 108 A House of My Own Summary In this chapter, Esperanza goes to the carnival with Sally, despite the fact that she, being Esperanza, does not like carnivals. After Sally goes on a run on the tilt-a-whirl, she leaves with a man, leaving Esperanza very lost and unaware of what is happening. While Esperanza was waiting for Sally to return, another man came and grabbed Esperanza and started forcibly kissing her. While in this panic, Esperanza's world started spinning and the man's only words were "I love you, I love you, Spanish girl," the phrase which he repeated many times. Throughout the whole chapter, Esperanza accuses Sally of lying and blames her for this whole outbreak at the carnival. Character Analysis Esperanza:
Very caring
Wants to be with Sally, and see her be happy at the carnival
Oblivious to the scenarios unfolding around her
Does not know how to react in moments of anxiety
Wants to forget significant events
A close to impossible task

Is heavily trusted by Esperanza
Can be happy at the carnival, shows her childlike side Figurative Language Imagery The whole chapter is a vivid story involving many details
"his sour mouth" "his sour smell"
The most description we know
Not at all pleasant
The tilt-a-whirl
Adds a sense of confusion
Relates to how Esperanza feels Structure and Tone Genre and Theme Genre:
Esperanza is recalling all of the details she remembers about the day she went to the carnival with Sally
"The way they said it .... why did you lie to me?"
It is hard to respond to times of distress in logical ways Connections Page 5 (Queen of Cats)
Esperanza has to be told by her mother who to stay away from
Page 55 (The First Job)
Starts her insecurities with men
Pages 84-85 (Minerva Writes Poems)
Reinforces insecurities with men
Page 89 (Beautiful and Cruel)
Life being like the movies (in a positive way) where women are in charge
Pages 97-98 (The Monkey Garden)
Red Clowns is a continuation of this chapter Personification
"The red clowns laughing their think-tongue laugh"
A sense of no escape
"The moon that watched"
Nothing can change what is happening

"I Love you, I love you, Spanish girl"
Playing with Esperanza's emotions Goes back to talking in an innocent, child-like tone, contrasting to the previous chapters where she has established a more mature language and tone
Uses rhetorical questions
Writes in short sentences for emphasis and this helps relay how confused she is Summary Esperanza has finally found a house for herself that is unlike all the other houses she has lived in. This house is fitted to her style: very quiet and is a like a haven from the life she has been living. Character Analysis Figurative Language Figurative Language:
"A house as quiet as snow"
Not bothersome
"clean as paper before the poem"
Esperanza finally has a new start
Can write her story the way she wants to, a new beginning Esperanza
Finally has settled down
Has a place to call her own
Very possessive and proud of the house
Her journey and lifelong dream has come true Structure and Specifics
Short sentences used for emphasis

Starts out by saying what the house is not (comparing to her previous houses)
Moves on to say what the house is (she is possessive) Genre and Theme Written in prose but with a poetic flow
Rhymes in one place

No matter how hard your life is, there is a point where you have a fresh start Connections Connects to the whole book
Pages 3-5 (The House on Mango Street)
Esperanza now knows what having a house feels like
Pages 62-64 (Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water)
Wants to know if there is a house in her future
Page 87 (Bums in the Attic)
Pages 101-102 (linoleum Roses)
"my pillow" Summary In this chapter, Esperanza attends the wake for Lucy and Rachel's little sister and meets 3 older women who call themselves "las comadres" - the neighbours. Esperanza believes that these three women could sense things that most people could not. Once the sisters called Esperanza over, they complimented her on her name, and then told Esperanza to make any wish, saying it will come true. One of the sisters pulls Esperanza aside and guesses what her wish was, telling her that she will leave Mango Street, however she needs to come back for the others. She also says that Esperanza cannot forget who she is and where she came from. After talking with the sister, Esperanza is very confused and does not know what to make of their conversation. Character Analysis The Three Sisters
Have distinct features
"hands like porcelain" "eyes of a cat" "laughter like tin"
Compares the sisters to the moon
Have a magical essence
Esperanza thought that they "had the power and could sense what was what"
Came into and out of Esperanza's life barely noticed; seemed surreal
Had the scent of things that were very familiar to Esperanza
Told Esperanza that she will go far in her life
The sister could tell what Esperanza's wish was and gave her advice that she will not forget Figurative Language and Imagery Describing the three sisters
Distant like the moon (Metaphor)
Like the wind that blows in August (Metaphor)
"smelled like Kleenex or the inside of a satin handbag"
"smelled like cinnamon"

"...that little thumb of a human in a box like candy." (Simile)
Very small and childish, like the baby that passed away Structure, Genre, and Theme Genre:
Written in prose with a poetic flow when the sisters and Esperanza are having their exchange
Short lines
Emphasizes the aloofness of the sisters and the confusion Esperanza is in

It is not easy to leave your past life behind, it will always be a part of you Connections Page 10 (My Name)
Says Esperanza means "sadness"
The sisters say that it is a "good good name" giving Esperanza hope for her future

Pages 62-64 (Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water)
Wants to know if there is a house in her future (by asking the fortune teller)
The sisters act like fortune tellers and read her palm

Page 87 (Bums in the Attic)
"… but I won't forget who I am or where I came from.

The sisters are alike to the Fates from Greek mythology Character Analysis Esperanza
Focuses on the idea of houses
Page 104 ("It was hard to keep the floors clean")
Makes a wish to leave Mango Street
Is comforted by familiar things
Selfish yet Guilty
Makes a selfish wish then regrets it right after
Still childish
Does not know what to make of the sister's words
Is still flustered by the ideas of the adult world Thank you for watching! Yay it's Over! In this chapter, Esperanza talks all about how Sally is married and how she got married. But Esperanza thinks that Sally got married not for love, but just to actually get married. She seems to be a worried about her because she thinks that she should get out of her marriage because she thinks that she is in an abusive relationship. Then it talks about what Sally's husband does and about when he get's angry. Bottom Line: Esperanza is saying that Sally is lying to herself and she should divorce her husband. Summary  Chapter 37: What Sally Said
Her father and the husband are the same
They both control her life Connection to other chapters Worrisome
Deep inside I think that Sally is really scared of her husband and she wants to get out
The problem is, is that she doesn't want to get out of her marriage because she likes all the benefits of being married

Not being Truthful
Sally really isn't seeing the damage that her husband is causing her
Also, doesn't see that she is making her feel sad and not happy which equals an unhappy relationship
She needs to admit to herself that she got married too quickly
Needs to stop lying to herself and say that "this marriage was a bad idea, I want out." Theme Saying that it's "her" everything
"She likes looking at the walls, at how neatly their corners meet, the linoleum roses on the floor, the ceiling smooth as wedding cake“
Repeating "linoleum roses." which is the same as the title. It puts emphasis on it

Esperanza is comparing her life where she had to move around a lot and she probably cannot trust a man at all, whereas Sally has been able to move on and she settled down

Title of the chapter
She stays at home all day and marvels at their household

  Symbolism Imagery:
"She likes looking at the walls, at how neatly their corners meet, the linoleum roses on the floor, the ceiling smooth as wedding cake"
Emphasize linoleum roses (symbolism)
Ceiling smooth as wedding cake

 "the towels and the toaster"

Sentence Structure
"her husband and her plates“
Esperanza may feel jealous because she never had a home
She thinks that having a husband is very personal to Sally Figurative Language/ Imagery Sally's husband
Get's angry a lot
Makes sally really afraid
Controls everything that Sally does
Bottom Line: Angry, control freak

Worried and scared about Sally
Based on the word choice in the book, she is jealous about all the things that Sally has that she doesn’t
Doesn't like Sally’s husband. Thinks he get's too angry
Esperanza is comparing her life where she had to move around a lot and she probably cannot trust a man at all, whereas Sally has been able to move on and she settled down

Likes being married but not because she love her husband, but for the money
Was married before 8th grade
Husband controls her and what she does
She wanted to escape from _______ Character ? Genre Pages 101-102 Linoleum Roses   Esperanza
Sad that she has no home
Feels like house on mango street is her "real home"
She wants something to change
The language in this chapter sounds really mature. Not like the child-like voice in some of the previous chapters
"Daydreaming" kind of girl
Connecting to Alicia because they both are not home/where they came from
Refuses to believe the house on Mango is her house, not very homey
She has a image of what her idea of a perfect house is (description in chapter 1)

She has a home (in Guadalajara)
We can tell that she's nice based on the things that Esperanza says about her
She doesn't understand what Esperanza means by "she doesn't have a home" Character   Simile
"Shake my head as if shaking my head could undo the year I have lived here"

Sentence Structure
Uses short sentences to accentuate phrases
She doesn’t belong

"makes me want to laugh out loud“

  Figurative Language/ Imagery Pages106-107 Alicia and I Talking on Edna’s Steps   Chapter 40: Linoleum Roses
 What we previously said, Esperanza maybe possibly was jealous about Sally having a house. And the fact that she never had one

Chapter 1: The House on Mango Street
Talks all about the houses that they lived in and the names of the streets and buildings.
She also dreamed about the house on Mango Street being the perfect home Connection to other chapters   Belonging
To Esperanza, she doesn't have a home. To me, that means that she doesn't belong anywhere
She has not found her true home yet or her “ideal/dream” home

Sadness and Ashamed
She is ashamed and embarrassed on living in the house on Mango Street Theme   When Esperanza says "not until somebody makes it better."
She doesn't specify what she wants to make better.
Get's us thinking about what she really wants
It sounds child-like. She won't tell us what she wants changed like a child
When she says she has no home, I don't fully understand what she means by this
She hasn't found her true home perhaps?
At the beginning of the book, the house on mango street wasn't her ideal home.
Maybe she is looking for her "dream home." and that house on mango street isn't it Symbolism ?     Genre   This chapter talks an awful lot of home and what it means to be 'home.' Esperanza is really sad because she says that she doesn't have a home and that she doesn't own one of her own. The only home she does have is the one in her dreams. She briefly describes about why she likes Alicia. Esperanza says to Alicia "one day you'll come back too." Then she mentions "not me. Not until somebody makes it better."
  Summary People will ask “where did Esperanza go?”
She thinks she’s going to be a fading memory
Last thought before the book ends

"a story from my life"
Reminds me of a memoir
The entire books has been the story of her life Symbolism Chapter 1: House on Mango Street
She recites all the names of the places/streets she has lived on  

Chapter 42: Alicia and I talking on Edna's steps
"the house I belong but do not belong"
Previous chapter talked about how she didn't live on the house on Mango Street because she doesn't belong Connections to other Chapters ? Figurative Language/ Imagery ? Genre This chapter is basically talking more about how she doesn't really like the house on mango street and how it’s not her “true” home or “ideal/ dream” home. And that one day, she will leave mango street and everyone ask where did she went? Basically like a concluding paragraph Summary Pages 109-110 Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes Belonging
She still hasn't found where she "truly belongs"
She talks about all the places where she used to live
Even now, she still hasn’t found her “dream” home or where she belongs Theme Esperanza
She has a very mature tone throughout the entire chapter
Dreaming kind of personality in this chapter as well as the last
Again, she doesn't feel like she truly "belongs" on the house on Mango Street Character
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