The, Not so Nice, House on Mango Street
In the novel The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza lives in a neighborhood that was not ideal to the modern day American. What I will be discussing is the neighborhood where Esperanza grew up in the book, and the characters that had the most influence on her while she was there. In addition to the information on Esperanza’s background, I will also be discussing my childhood neighborhood and the most influential individuals that I encountered there. I will be telling you how different our childhoods were, but also will be describing the similarities; even though we grew up in two different life styles and time periods.
First and foremost, Esperanza is very disappointed with where she lives. She begins the story by telling us a little bit about how she and her family ended up at the house on Mango Street. The pipes at their previous residence had busted and the landlord was not going to fix them. They were able to leave rather quickly because her father won a few dollars in the lottery. Her expectations of the new house were certainly let down once they arrived at their new home. What the child Esperanza does not understand, is that because they do not have a landlord, they are definitely in a better situation economically. It is very difficult for a child to understand what that means though.
The reason Esperanza is so disappointed about he new house, is because the expectations of “owning” a home were a lot higher than her parents. Being a child, when her parents told her they would no longer have a landlord, she envisioned a beautiful house. If you add a white picket fence and a dog in the yard to her vision, you would have the typical American dream home for her family. It is really great to see such ambition out of a child at such a young age. The entire story is told through a young girl’s point of view. Generally, at the age of a ten year old girl, the child would not be worrying...