Analysis Of Christopher Columbus 's ' The House On Mango Street '

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In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed to America in search of gold and glory. Ten years before America declared independence, in 1766, Olaudah Equiano purchased his own independence with money he earned by managing his own business. More than two hundred years later, in 1984, Sandra Cisneros published The House on Mango Street and earned international acclaim. These very different people all had one thing in common: they sought the American Dream. The American Dream they pursued changed with time and evolves even now. However, although the American Dream varied greatly throughout history, it remains as appealing as ever.
In his “Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First Voyage,” written in 1493, Columbus expressed his view of the American Dream, which was to find wealth and gain standing for himself. During his letter, Columbus continually noted the advantageous features of the islands, such as how they possessed “large tracts of cultivable land,” “mines of metals,” and “population… without number” (Baym, et al. 25-26). Accordingly, he exploited the resource-rich islands and the natives he encountered on his voyage for personal gain.
However, during his time in America, Columbus faced hardships and disloyalty in abundance. Fellow explorers stole his belongings; he was “made a prisoner;” and he faced health problems and old age (Baym, et al. 27). By the time he wrote his “Letter to Ferdinand and Isabella Regarding the Fourth Voyage,” he had become disenchanted with the…

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