Analysis Of Toni Cade Bambara's The House On Mango Street

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Sometimes, individuals arrive at a particular stage in their lives where they get a chance to benefit socially and academically. This is due to assistance from persons who care. Young people especially, are introduced to situations which help their development. On reading Toni Cade Bambara’s, “The Lesson”, it is clear that characters in the story need to be exposed to various aspects of life. Miss Moore makes this possible. Tolerance is also another factor portrayed in Bambara’s story. “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros, the narrator feels trapped in an environment of poverty and desolation. A nun’s question brings a realization that creates a goal or hope. Both stories portray similarities and characteristics of poverty in their …show more content…
She is a timid, but very intelligent girl. Her vision is to live in a beautiful house with room for everyone. However, living at Mango Street is so different from what she envisions. The house on Mango Street was very different from her dream. The house she dreams about was one that she did not have to share bathrooms and bedroom with her mother, father and her two siblings anyone. Cisneros emphasizes that “the bricks are crumbling in places, and the front door is so swollen you have to push hard to get in” (p.392). She did not want to abandon where she came from, but the house she dreamed of has running water and pipes that worked, trees painted in white a great big yard and grass growing without a fence. Furthermore, she had grown accustomed to the Mango Street community, but she had hope of leaving that community perhaps a question helps. The nun’s question brings a realization of her actual goal. Cisneros explains that a nun asked her, “where do you live? There, I said pointing up to the third floor. You live there? There I had to look where she pointed the third floor, the paint peeling, wooden bars Papa had nailed on the windows so we wouldn’t fall out. You live there? The way she said it made me feel like nothing. There, I lived there, I nodded” (p.392). This question helped her to push harder to get real housing; one she can show to anyone without feeling

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