Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The House on Mango Street
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Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Contemporaries, 1984. Print.
1985, Before Columbus Foundation's American Book Award
"We didn't always live on Mango Street...but what I remember most is Mango Street, sad red house, the house I belong but do not belong to."
Esperanza doesn't like Mango Street! She doesn't like her house nor her neighborhood and she just doesn't belong. She doesn't have any friends and the one that she does have will only be her friend until next Tuesday. Finally she meets some new girls when buying a portion of a bicycle, they learn how to walk in high heels and wiggle their hips. She finds a new job matching negatives to pictures. But this isn't what she really wants to do! Instead Esperanza wants to invent the person that she want to be. She wants a house of her own, a place to call her own with her pillow, her flowers, and her shoes. And of course it won't be on Mango Street! One day Esperanza will escape The House on Mango Street.