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The House on Mango Street: Self-Definition and Identity

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Transcript of The House on Mango Street: Self-Definition and Identity

"The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don't have to pay rent to anybody or share the yard with the people downstairs or be careful not to make too much noise, and there isn't a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom."
The House On Mango Street
My Name
Esperanza talks about her name in this vignette, comparing it to her great- grandmother of the same name, wondering what it means and how it defines her. Esperanza continues think about her name and how ugly it sounds and how she wishes to change it, believing it to be an unsuitable name. This connects to our theme because Esperanza wants to have a name that shows her identity, who she is.
Boys and Girls

In this vignette, Esperanza talks about how her brothers won't play or talk to her outside the house because "they can't be seen talking to a girl"(pg.9). She then continues to talk about how Nenny isn't her real friend either, just a younger sister who she is responsible for. Esperanza finishes talking by saying how she feels lonely and wishes for a real friend who will understand her. This connects to our theme because Esperanza identifies herself as lonely and self-defines herself by doing that.
By: Silvia Asmat, Kristen Ashton and Lorenzo Emzie
The House on Mango Street: Self-Definition and Identity

In conclusion, Esperanza speaks of the qualities in her family and her house, relating them to her identity. Our personal thoughts on the readings where that Esperanza must have felt lonely, in
Boys and Girls
, she expresses her want for a friend who will understand her. In The
House on Mango Street, Hairs and My Name
we believe that Esperanza is looking at certain characteristics to see how it defines her and if it has any influence on her identity.
Figurative Language
Metaphor- "Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor" pg.8
Simile- "It's like the number nine, a muddy color" pg.10
Personification-"And me, my hair is lazy. It never obeys barrettes or bands"pg.6
Repetition-"Esperanza as Lisandra or Maritza"pg.11
In The House on Mango Street,
Esperanza talks about her new house where her family will be staying permanently after many changes of their home. Esperanza talks about the dream house she always wanted and how instead she got the opposite and how she felt defined by it when a nun asked where she lived and Esperanza pointed to her house, the nun seemed shock. Esperanza asks her parents how long they will be staying there, wanting a house she could point to and be proud of but realizes she was there permanently when her parents say "for the time being" . This connects to our theme because Esperanza wants something that can have other people see who she is and to be defined correctly, not wrongly like the nun.
"Everybody in our family has different hair. My papa's hair is like a broom, all stuck up in the air. And me, my hair is lazy"

In "Hairs", Esperanza narrates, talking about the different kinds of hair in her family, mainly focusing on her mother's hair and how its like her sweet personality. Esperanza gives her family's hair human characteristics, saying that their hair can reflect their personality. This connects with our theme because by using your own qualities to define yourself, you are self defining yourself and making your own identity.
"Someday I will have a friend all my own. One I can tell my secrets to. One who will understand my jokes without my having to explain them. Until the I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor"
"It was my great-grandmother's name and now it's mine. She was a hoarse woman too, born like me in the Chinese year of the horse, which is supposed to be bad luck if you're female- but I think this is a Chinese lie because the Chinese, like the Mexicans, don't like their women strong. "
-pg. 10
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