Analysis Of ' The House On Mango Street ' Essays

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Rebellion of Gender Roles
Sandra Cisneros’ novel, The House on Mango Street contrasts representations of men and women, in order to explore the choices of the young protagonist, Esperanza. The novel is centralized around the women, their roles within the story and their positions within the culture, while the men, except, perhaps Esperanza’s father, are undeveloped and are stereotypically presented as representatives of machismo culture. The story, a series of vignettes from the perspective of this young Latina girl, is a coming of age novel, where the protagonist who is struggling to find herself, find only oppressed women with set expectations that confine them to the lives they are living. Doyle in “More Room of Her Own” argues that “Esperanza contrasts fairy tale romances [which seem to be perpetuated by the culture] with the lives of the women around her as she develops a new narrative form to tell their stories and give shape to her own vocation” (Doyle 11). Esperanza, in other words, realizes that she does not want to be a part of the roles that women play because she sees how imprisoning it is to be bound by such limitations that are established by men. Her journey, then, becomes a critique of Latina/o culture.
Women in this novel are highly oppressed by the men, and the main way they assert their dominance is through physical force. Physical abuse is used to instill fear in the women in order to shape them into a submissive, meek woman that follows all the rules…

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