Free Study Guide for The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros|
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THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET FREE NOTES
Esperanza finally understands just what she wants her own house for:
writing. She has figured out what is valuable to her. Now, it is not simply
about finding a place she does not have to be ashamed of. It has a purpose.
Esperanza’s ambition is characterized by the short, descriptive phrases
in the chapter. Her vision is clear, so the images in the chapter are
Esperanza likes to tell stories, and realizes that writing about Mango
Street can sometimes make the pain of it go away. She vows to do as the
Sister told her, and return for those she left behind. She understands
that Mango Street belongs, and does not belong, to her--that it is part
of her life, but she need not be controlled by it.
There is a contrast here between the childlike concept of telling stories
and the very real way in which those stories can develop and enrich one’s
adult life. Esperanza realizes that telling stories is the way for her
to escape Mango Street. They make her strong. That strength is demonstrated
not just by her ability to leave, but also her ability to come back--
something she never thought she could bring herself to do, but now has
resolved to do.
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