The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (A Lively Learning Guide by Shmoop)
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Well, Esperanza does promise that, when she finally goes away, she will ultimately come back for the ones she leaves behind. So The House on Mango Street leaves us on the cusp of a new adventure - a new "Voyage and Return." Three Act Plot Analysis Again, The House on Mango Street doesn't necessarily fit perfectly into this kind of plot analysis, since it's not a novel in the strictest sense of the word. This is how we'd film the movie. How would you do it? Act I We'd argue that Act
House on Mango Street is pretty open-ended. Where is Esperanza going to go next? We have the feeling she'll be successful - after all, the three sisters predicted as much - but when will she find a house of her own? What will she write? Like the friends and neighbors Esperanza imagines leaving behind, we're left wondering what will happen to that Esperanza, where she'll go "with all those books and paper" (44.7). We're left on the brink of another story, one to which we know the ending in advance
want to come from there. Esperanza's feelings of embarrassment and shame at her origins aren't always consistent. Go to CHAPTER 34 SUMMARY QUOTE: Some days after dinner, guests and I will sit in front of a fire. Floorboards will squeak upstairs. The attic grumbles. Rats? they'll ask. Bums, I'll say, and I'll be happy. (34.4) THOUGHT: The second house that Esperanza envisions is a social space - a place for friends to gather and dine in, with an attic to offer to bums who have no
in the monkey garden next door. This has the effect of suggesting that Esperanza's community plays a large part in establishing what is, for her, Mango Street - a place that she will eventually come to see as home. Esperanza's freedom to run around the neighborhood is a marker of her independence, and distinguishes her from the number of women in the community who are confined to the home. Whether it's because their husbands prohibit them from leaving, because they're tied down by familial
create a kind of "beauty that is there to be admired by anyone, like a herd of clouds grazing overhead" (Introduction.20). In fact, she says, the book is so accessible that you should be able to open it to any page and be able to make sense of the story you find there, without knowing what came before or what comes next. Genre Autobiography, Coming-Of-Age A little girl tells the story of growing up in a bad neighborhood, and how poetry becomes her ticket out of there. Kind of like