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House on Mango Street Neighborhood Part 2
Transcript of House on Mango Street Neighborhood Part 2
BY; Edwin Huamani. James D'Souza, Marchelino Putro, Jonathan Leroy
Earl of Tennessee
Major- Earl(Jukebox Repairman)
Minor-Edna(landlord), Earl's "wife" (Prostitute).
"Louie, His Cousin & His Other Cousin"
The soundbites given from the experiences of Esperanza's neighbors have hidden meaning, and change both the individuals and their neighborhood.
Earl is a latino from the south. Earl is a jukebox repairman, and his likes of white women urges him to occasionally hires (only) white prostitutes. He lives next door in Edna's basement
" The word is that Earl is married and has a wife somewhere"
" Mama says she is a skinny thing, blond and pale like salamanders that have never seen the sun."
Things do not change; we change- Henry David Thoreau
Major Characters- Meme Ortiz (Juan, owns a dog by 2 names)
Minor characters- Cathy(Previous for Meme's house owner and Esperanza's best friend), Memes' Mother ( Calls Meme "Juan")
" The Earl of Tennessee" (70)
Connection: Earl clings to familiarity as seen in the profile, even though the people he imitates would hate him for it. He even acts for the stereotype he is comfortable with. He, himself, probably faced racism in the South. After coming to Mango Street he uses his opportunity there to get white prostitutes. He uses his freedoms in Mango Street as a means to compensate for the gratification he felt was missing in his life. He believes in the ideal that white is better, since that's what they told him. He wants to fit into a country society that won't take him, and tries to revoke a Latino community he was born into
Connection: Meme is a risk-taker. These types of people believe change can be made through them. While Esperanza still dwells in the past, and the loss of her friend, Cathy, Meme represents the new, yet dilapidated. Meme has made friends and taken risks without thinking, while Esperanza's biggest fear was being caught stealing money from her sister for a bike. The kids use his energy to try to liven up their lives any way they can-Tarzan jumping contest
"Meme Ortiz" (21)
"Louie, His Cousin & His Other Cousin" (23)
Connection: Louie's male cousin exemplifies the key aspects of how any single criminal event can shape a future. After living in poverty Louie's cousin changes and becomes more insecure and desperate for worldly commodities. He even goes to the extent of robbing a car to show off to the people he knows. " ... he drove up in this great yellow Cadillac ... Louie's causin had his arm out the window. He honked a couple of times."Any character as young as the people on Mango Street can grow to be anyone. However, the penalty for grand theft auto and robbery alone usually add to 7 years of jail time and $25K penalty or 15-20 year and no penalty. Assuming he can't pay the fee, he would get out of jail a long, long time later. This much time in a jail cell could shape anyone with a bright future into a wasted adolescences. The innocence of the children who wave as the police drive off shows a clean slate for the community.
Meme moved into Cathy's House after her family moved away. His real name is Juan but everyone calls him Meme except his for his mother. He has a dog with two names, a spanish and English one. He is willing to take risks such as jumping on the great tree. Esperanza reminisce Cathy and what her family has said about the structure of the house. " ...all lopsided and Jutting like crooked teeth (made that way on purpose, Cathy said, so the rain will slide off)."
"There was an old Woman..." ( 29)
Louie family lives in the basement of Meme's house. Louie is the oldest in his family of his little sisters. His T-shirt never stays tucked in his pants. Louie's cousin Marin is introduced and her family lives in Puerto Rico. Marin's name is not even know by Esperanza at the beginning of the chapter. Louie's other cousin, Marin's brother, is a thief who stole a yellow Cadillac. The Police arrived to arrest him, but they didn't get him until he crashed into a lamp post. Louie's cousin suffered minimal injuries and got arrested. Marin screamed when he crashed, name said properly.
Earl is from the South. He embraces Southern tradition because of its familiarity to him, though in the South he would have been seen as an outsider because of race. Because of his isolated past, he becomes a loner and self loathing (i.e dogs). He taught them to do tricks, and appear to be his only "companions". A Latino man, he would never have been able to court a white woman. This hidden social code urges him to like them more, and when he moves to the northern city of Chicago he hires only white prostitutes. He pretends his roots run deep in country tradition, and he gives away all his music but country and smokes cigars. He subconsciously wants his stereotype, making him seem strong, right-winged, and independent. The children awe at his popularity with white people (his "wife"). Not knowing much about him, the social norm is to make up his life story, and they assume he is married to a white women. This forces Earl to grow more and more socially detached to protect the children's innocence. He will find a need to control as many aspects of his life as possible, as shown with his dogs noisy collars. He also brings the girls in very quickly and never keeps them to long
Meme, unlike Earl, has friends. He, too, has dogs, but his dogs are free, implying he is less controlling. The bilingual nature in which he calls the dogs show his willingness to conform to society. He is such a conformist, that, in many ways, he is more desperate to get friends than Esperanza. A combination of this conformity and recklessness may have led him to win the first ever tree jumping contest, even when he broke both his arms.
Esperanza seems more focused on Cathy than on Meme. She constantly, falls back to the malicious negative attributes of architecture, that Cathy's father (the man who moved because of the Latinos) put into the house, implying a hidden hate for him. She goes into detail about all the miscellaneous negative and sloppy attributes. The rundown house will define the sort of neighborhood Mango Street will become now that the whites left, and the shape they left it in.
He is friends with Esperanza's brother. Not much is told about him other than he keeps his shirt untucked, which can mean he either forgets to tuck it in or he is trying to use the degrading community and the shirt to get street cred that he has been building off of his cousin's.
3 adjectives: introvert, creative, controlling
confused, grudging, loathing
Extrovert, accepting, reckless
Major Characters- Louie ( Puerto Rican) Louie's male cousin(Carjacker).
Minor characters- Louie's sisters, Marin(Louie's cousin)
Major Characters- Marin (has boyfriend in PR)
Minor Characters- Marin's mother, Marin's aunt, Davie (Baby brother)
Summery: From the previous chapter, we know Marin works at a Avon store where she gets free products. She also cares for her aunt's daughters Marin has a boyfriend in Puerto Rico and she's going to get married but her family wants her to come back to Puerto Rico because she is too much trouble. Marin does not want to go back to Puerto Rico because she wants a white man to take her away so that she could marry him and get rich. Boys stare at her as she sing, but she disregards them because they are not "him".
"Marin under the streetlight, dancing by herself, is singing the same song somewhere. I know. Is waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall, someone to change her life."
There Was An Old Woman She Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What To Do
Major Characters- Angel Vargas( Child of Rosa Vargas)
Minor Characters- The Children, Rosa Vargas( The mother of the children) Mr. Benny's
Summery: Rosa Vargas is an old woman with too many kids. The kids are reckless and do not care about safety. Since they are young they do not know the consequences, and since there are so many children, the people do not care if they get hurt since they are tired of being worried for kids who aren't even theirs. The people realize that the kids do not listen, so they do not stop them. The most dastardly was when Angel died after jumping from a roof believing he could fly.
This character was mentioned in a flashback
in which he brought a stolen a car. Though seen only once, his shows conditions and extremes of poverty that force the hands of the lesser. Unlike Louie who tries to just look ghetto, he actually steals a car so that the family would know what it feels like to ride with leather seats. He gives them rides up and down the alley. When the cop car comes, he waits for all the children to leave the car before trying to escape, in which time the police were on him and e crashed into a pole.
caring, doer, family man
Marin is the carjacker's brother. At first Esperanza doesn't even know her name. "Her name is Marin or Maris or something like that". However by the end, the profound car crash, Marin's name is know, because Esperanza realizes that even the person who sits under the lamppost and sings about love can have a story worth sharing.
Marin needs love. In "The Neighborhood Part 1", we saw adolescents and married women who met men who wanted to manipulate and control them. Marin seems to be the only realist yet opportunist among these. She realizes that life is not over and that she can still find a rich man. Thus, she never falls astray to the men who try to charm her while she sings. She knows that her aunt does not like her, and makes sure that she has a backup plan and a man if she has to go back to PR. Until then, she will use her job to get makeup for her man that won't come, the money to pay the bills of Louie's place, and will be as helpful around the house to stay in this fools paradise. However, she lies to Esperanza, saying that if she stays until next year, she will get a good job (Louie's parents are going to send her back for "being too much trouble)
" The Earl of Tennessee" (70)
"Meme Ortiz" (21)
"Louie, His Cousin & His Other Cousin" (23)
"There was an old Woman..." (29)
No Latino culture is expressed in this chapter, mostly because Earl wants to push himself as a white cowboy. He stereotypes himself to form a sense of masculinity he feels white culture has. He hires only white prostitutes because he has been told his whole life, "White is better." This shows the fact that the oppressed often grow to believe the oppressors lies. this shows how in the Latino Culture some men use prostitutes to find quick satisfaction. This is the first of 2 times in our chapters where dogs would be used to show Latino culture's common replacement for human affection.
Realist, accepting, secret insecurities
Louie's parents seems rather biased. She wants to kick out Marin for not being productive, but she is the only child with a job! She does more for the family than Louie ever did, with his shirt untucked, attempting to be a no life. It might be they are afraid she will succeed in finding a man, and forget them. It could be that they don't want to associate with the Marin's brother, who committed grand theft auto. Anyways, it proves the misoginist nature of the society they live in, where women are expected to work without end only to be refused their share of the bounty.
Misoginistic, derailing, sadistic
Everything about this
family is mental. And
not the good type.
The house Cathy left was purposefully made by her father to look outlandish, just as the culture might seem to some who don't know it. They might not be able to get past the exotic names, skin tone, and looks. But behind all of the names and color are just people who like to have fun. Breaking your arms just for a tree climbing contest may seem far off, but is the purpose is the same. The reason why humans have made it to the top of the evolutionary system is because we have always been tribal and pack-like. To find one's place in the system is to define the system. The system is what will be referred collectively as culture. The dog is also portrayed in this for Latino culture. They often represent who the owner or family is.
This doesn't so much show Latino culture as it does poverty. It show the necessities (and luxuries) that the locals desire but will never afford. It shows what a family man would do to show the kids what it felt like, even if it meant jail time. Crime is prevalent anywhere with young men and poverty, but that cannot be considered "culture". The children show innocence at the end, waving goodbye as the Marin's brother left in the cop car handcuffed. was arrested to prove that the not all people were criminals, and that all the children can choose their path in the system.
The dog is big, like a man dressed in a dog suit, and runs the same way its owner does, clumsy and wild and with the limbs flopping all over the place like untied shoes (p. 21)
He has two little black dogs that go everywhere with him...
They don't walk like ordinary dogs, but leap and somersault
like an apostrophe or comma. (p. 71)
Marin wants change. She yearns for it. She wants to continue to live in Chicago. She wants to find a man who has the money to get her out of this racial based system of poverty. She is the most proactive in her goals, and thus is the only one who has a chance to get out. She stands visible to all, singing a song of hope for her Savior to come and give her a new life. Yet she has the least control over her fate. Her aunt and uncle chooses if she stays, and she must work restlessly to appeal to the them by doing housework and caring for the girls. "What matters, Marin says, is for the boys to see us and for us to see them." this is the main reason why even though she has a boyfriend in Puerto Rico she still tries to attract men.
"I am very conscious when I am writing about opening doors for people who don't know the culture"
Rosa Vargas had many children, and because she had so many, no one is there to help with the kids. She's exhausted by all the work and she suffers everyday. "... one mother who is tired all the time from buttoning and bottling and babying." Over time she changed, she became more long winded, worn out, and kind of indifferent to her children's actions. Soon even the people in the community became indifferent to her children and their reckless actions. "But after a while you get tired of worrying about kids who aren't even yours." The main reason the people gave up on the kids was mainly because they didn't have any respect for themselves or the people around them. They WOULDN'T change.
Cisnaros opens the doors here to show how in some hispanic culture's once a man leaves a women that women is stuck alone with those children. In some cases men would leave their families because they are either poor or just fed up with living in the family. It also shows how respect and discipline is important for the society because if your kind are not disciplined (common since), are out of hand, and don't listen to authority the family as a whole will be shunned or looked down upon by people in society. "One day they are playing chicken on Mr. Benny's roof. Mr. Benny says, Hey ain't you kids know better than to be swinging up there? Come down, you come down right now, and they just spit." The people on mango street have trouble finding any hope in the children.
Cisneros is once again exemplifying the stereotype that white is better. Marin is a young girl that already has a boyfriend back in Puerto Rico but in America she hopes for a white man to take her away and marry her so she can be rich. This again shows the desire for worldly possessions like in Louie's cousin and how desperate people get to marry someone just for their wealth. Looking beautiful is vary important for women because it is the way they express themselves and show who they are to the world.