March 26, 2012
Characterization Essay: Esperanza
“I like to tell stories. Iam going to tell you a story about a girl who didn’t want to
belong.” Writes Sandra Cisneros in The House on Mango Street. In this novel, the author uses
Vignettes to explore the experiences of many characters in a poor Chicago neighborhood. The
Story focuses around the main character and narrator. Esperanza, a young Chicana girl.
First of all, Esperanza is Lonely. In the beginning of the novel, she wishes for a friend of
her own. For example she says, “Someday I will have a best friend all on my own. One I can tell
my secrets to . . . Until then I’ am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor “(9). This shows that
she wants to feel close to someone her own age. This is important, because Nenny, Esperanza’s
Younger sister, is too young to understand Esperanza, and so Esperanza feels held back by
Nenny. Therefore, the main character longs for a friend because she seems lonely.
Second, Esperanza is Self-conscious. In the end of the novel, she wishes she has a house
of her own one that she’s not embarrassed of. For example, she says “Only a house quiet as
snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem” (108). This shows that she
wants her house to herself and nobody’s garbage to pick up after. This is important, because
Esperanza wants her own pillow, her pretty purple petunia also her two shoes waiting beside her
bed. Therefore, the main character longs for a house of her own.
Third, Esperanza is brave. In the end of the novel, her friend sally goes with a group of
guys well Esperanza waits around for her. Esperanza thinks Sally’s going to get hurt. Esperanza
is brave to wait for sally. For example, Esperanza says “I took three big sticks and a brick and
figured this was enough” (97). This shows that she’s courageous for waiting around for a friend.
This is important, because Esperanza shows she’s...