Analysis Of ' The House On Mango Street ' Essay

1158 Words Dec 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Correspondingly, the women in The House on Mango Street are unsatisfied with their lives and seek ways to find purpose and equality. In Esperanza’s community, women are treated as if their worth is far less than a man’s and the likelihood of breaking away from the poor treatment and little roles are quite slim. Esperanza decides to go against the odds and refuse to succumb to the discrimination placed upon women. Esperanza learns first hand from what she has heard about her great-grandmother that ‘a place by the window’ is not a life worth living. Esperanza speaks of her great-grandmother saying, “She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she could not be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name. But I don’t want to inherit her place by the window” (Cisneros 11). ‘A place by the window’ being, a life where a woman is stuck in an unhappy marriage longing to escape and live a fuller life. Many of the women living on Mango Street are trapped. Esperanza takes a lot from her great-grandmother’s and the other women from Mango Street’s stories. With many she empathizes, but she also believes more can be done to avoid being stuck by the window. For her own well being she does all in her power to shy from becoming what Sandra Cisneros called a ‘domesticated horse’. Esperanza desires to be wild, free from all of the expectations…

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