Feminism In The House On Mango Street

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House on Mango Street: The development of a Hispanic Women’s Sexuality Chicana feminist took shape during the late 1960s. Chicana feminism stemmed from women not being able to voice their opinion in the male-oriented Chicano movement. During this time, Chicanas demanded access to education as well as social, political, and economic opportunities. Women of Mexican descent were typically silenced by the voices of the men. This made it difficult for them to speak out about the oppression they faced in the workplace and everyday life. As the fight for a voice went on, Esperanza was moving from neighborhood to neighborhood with her family. Throughout the book “The House On Mango Street”, by Sandra Cisneros we see incidents of Esperanza transitioning from being a girl to being a young woman. As the story progresses, we start to see that she is not just any woman, but a Hispanic woman. Her Hispanic heritage is showcased as she deals with the sexuality that comes from becoming a mature lady. The individuals she meets along with her experiences …show more content…
Her womanly figures in her life like Sally and Marin had caused this evolution of Esperanza by being her womanly figures. Esperanza’s story is similar to many children of color not just Hispanic women. The environment causes them to become something they are not because of the circumstances they live in. Esperanza lives in a poor neighborhood where more and more people like her are moving, but they do not wish to stay because of the appending rise of violence and poverty. This is a major problem that affects many people of color stuck in a cycle they cannot escape. Instead of Esperanza family leave, they stay because, like many people of color they are stuck with no means of escaping. Esperanza tries to escape this cycle through her education and charm, but the men she encounters in her neighborhood continually trap

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