House On Mango Street Feminist Analysis

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In the novel, House on Mango Street, the distinction of sexuality defines the traditional feminine roles women play. We percieve the meaning of how men recongize women; through “prettiness”. Many women in the novel are physically and sexually abused by men because they feel like they need to be “accepted” in order to succeed in their society. In my opinion, women’s actions reflect on the way they want men to treat them. They are not obligated to do anything, but they still bow down to them. Sandra Cisneros, the author, really clarifies the different type of ways women portray themsleves and how their actions lead to men abusing them in the novel. Women are constantly influencing the main character, Esperanza, into thinking the only way to get through life is by having a man support and take over. Esperanza at first, believes what they say but towards the end of the novel we encounter her true character. Espreanza notices that the beautiful women in the novel are often the ones who suffer the most at the hands of men. In the town they live in, women, are looked and treated with no respect. Some women take it, some women ignore it but very few stand up and say what they think is right. Throughout the novel we …show more content…
Unlike them, Esperanza’s goals in life are very clear to us in the novel. She has always wanted to escape her neighboorhood, and live on her own. These thoughts have always grown in her mind. But as she begins to mature, and be with women that look at life from a different aspect, she starts to wonder if she could ever live her life depending on a man. At first, her desire to esacpe and her views on men don’t really cooralate. As more and more time passes by, Esperanza notices the only reason these women live in Mango Street is because they are trapped in marriages or tied down with children. Esperanza realizes she doesnt want this for her life, so she decides to choose a different

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