Essay on Sandra Cisneros : The House On Mango Street

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“I was silent as a child, and silenced as a young woman; I am taking my lumps and bumps for being a big mouth, now, but usually from those whose opinion I don 't respect.” - Sandra Cisneros (
Sandra Cisneros, famous author of works such as The House on Mango Street (1989), was born in Chicago in 1954, to a Mexican father and Chicana (Mexican-American) mother (Encyclopedia of Hispanic-American Literature, “Sandra Cisneros”). Cisneros was the last child of seven children and the only female of the children, to which she states made for a very alienated childhood (Erickson, “Sandra Cisneros: Biography) which she made up for by writing in a spiral notebook which only her mother could read. Because of her feelings of alienation as well as living in a household predominantly male, Cisneros grew up developing feelings of individualism as well as advocating strongly for Women’s rights (Madson, “Sandra Cisneros”) which are successfully portrayed in a majority of her works. Cisneros’ family worked very hard, but at times they struggled which meant for constant moving between Mexico and the United States. Cisneros, to an interviewer, stated that she has never felt close to her “American” side, explaining her heavy use of Mexican cultural references and Spanish in her works (Encyclopedia of Hispanic-American Literature, “Sandra Cisneros). Growing up the only female of six male siblings in a Mexican family had a large…

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