She doesn't think that her house is welcoming or nice, so her house doesn't deserve to be called a home. He brings it home to show it off, and to Esperanza the event feels almost like a parade. Cisneros' work also explores other issues that are important to her: feminism, love, oppression, and religion. Analysis: This chapter is a criticism of closing ones eyes to people in need, even to those who refuse to be helped. Cathy claims to be related to the queen of France and hopes to go to France someday to inherit the family house. Marin makes the girls promise not to tell that she is going to marry her boyfriend in Puerto Rico once he gets a job, and seems to have no qualms with leaving her options open and letting her eyes wander while she is in the States. Esperanza is a budding writer who wishes for a home of her own.
Meme Ortiz is Esperanza's new neighbor that just moved in. Cats, dogs, mice, and cockroaches make appearances at various times. In 'Red Clowns' Esperanza is betrayed by Unbeknownst to Esperanza, her naiveté and inexperience is normal. Mango Street is near a dangerous busy street, and her house is still near a laundromat. Esperanza knows she eventually must share her friends and bike with her sister Nenny, since she took money from Nenny to help pay for the bike, but for now, she decides to wait and keep her new friends to herself. Esperanza feels protective of Sally.
Through her poignant imagery, Esperanza hints at the dangers of failing to see others as human beings. She is one of the few characters who is not from Mexico or Latin America. Even though she periodically wrote poems and stories throughout her childhood and adolescence, it was not until she attended the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop in the late 1970s that she realized her experiences as a Latina woman were unique and outside the realm of dominant American culture. Marin spends most of her time baby-sitting and so cannot leave the house. What risks did you take to win a game or a contest? She is not a good friend to Esperanza, abandoning her time and again to go off with boys. This cousin once pulled into Mango Street in a brand new yellow- and stolen- convertible and takes the neighborhood for a joyride.
That he can say that he won a jumping contest rather then saying he fell out of a tree. GradeSaver, 30 March 2000 Web. There was an Old Woman Summary: This chapter is about the wild Vargas kids, for whom their poor, single mother cannot completely provide nor care. Throughout the book, Esperanza has been embarrassed of her house on Mango Street, and she doesn't find anything good about her house on mango street. Most of this books set … ting is set on Mango Street the characters really do not leave. Another dominant feature in Esperanza's personality is the trust she has in others.
She says she turns away so that Nenny will not see how stupid she is--she does not explain the nature of her feelings or even her expression of them. Esperanza feels protective of Sally. Also she says he won the contest, he tried so hard he even broke both his arms. The furniture in Elena's house is covered in red fur and plastic. Sally is the same age as Esperanza but is sexually bold and seems quite glamorous to Esperanza.
Each time it seemed there'd be one more of us. Esperanza remembers that Cathy's father built the house with his own two hands, so there are all sorts of slants and lopsided steps in it. Sire sometimes stares at Esperanza, and though she is afraid, she tries sometimes to look back at him. All of her admirable attributes are lost on Esperanza because Mama has not escaped Mango Street to live somewhere nicer. As the book progresses she appears to become increasingly strong, and clear about her destiny. Although she has a fiancé back in Puerto Rico, she also dreams about American men taking her away from Mango Street to the suburbs.
Alicia is a rare example of a neighborhood girl who has not tried to escape the neighborhood through marriage, but instead works hard and hopes to change her life from within. He drove away quickly but smashed into a lamppost, and the police put handcuffs on him and took him away. The children's daredevil antics show that they have no respect for their neighbors nor themselves. In The House On Mango Street Esperanza reveals personal experiences through which the reader is able to determine what kind of person she is; her views on life, how she views herself, as well as how her poverty affects her view of life, her view of her future, and how her poverty currently affects her place in the world. She compares him to his dog. What words help create a sense of unity? Although she fears mice, Alicia fears her father more and obeys him. All of her admirable attributes are lost on Esperanza because Mama has not escaped Mango Street to live somewhere nicer.
Meme went balls out and when he fell he broke both of his arms. Although Esperanza says that Earl has a wife, the neighborhood can never decide on what she looks like, often giving wildly different descriptions. Cisneros incorporated her major concerns into the novel, as she wrote about conflicts directly related to her upbringing, including divided cultural loyalties, feelings of alienation, and degradation associated with poverty. She also tells us that he was in a contest which he broke bot of his arms in. Rachel, Lucy, Esperanza, and Nenny.