Essay on Analysis Of Sandra Cisneros 's ' The House On Mango Street '

912 Words Sep 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Sandra Cisneros in her bildungsroman The House on Mango Street, explores the identity of Hispanic women within their society. A society in which women are denoted as inferior and trivial to the dominant role of males. Thus the theme of Machismo is explored in a series of vignettes told through the eyes of an adolescent named Esperanza. The women of Mango street are portrayed as reliant individuals who were beguiled into their destiny. Esperanza sees these women as woeful and vows to avoid the path each one has chosen to take. Despite feeling sympathy for her them, Esperanza views the women in her community as a counter example of what she wants for herself because she strives to break the traditional female role she has grown up on. Traditionally, the men of Mango Street control the house and the women within it. Therefore, it is expected that the oppression of women by men will be a continuous pattern. Upon introducing herself, Esperanza reveals that although she has inherited her great-grandmother’s name, she does not wish to inherit “her place by the window” (11). Her grandmother spent her life looking out the window and “wasting sadness on an elbow” (11), a term that defines a life of sorrow and sacrifice for the appalling company of a man. Esperanza aspires to escape her life of sadness, displacement and coldness rather than going down the same pitfall her ancestors have. This steers Esperanza to want to change her name so she create a new identity that will…

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