The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros Essay

1027 Words Sep 30th, 2015 5 Pages
“You must keep writing. It will keep you free.” Art can be a powerful voice for people who can’t speak out about their own struggles, and Mango Street was written to show the harsh realities of life for chicanx and latinx people that are often overlooked. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a series of vignettes from the perspective of a young girl named Esperanza. The story follows her while she grows up in Chicago and has experiences that change her worldview and how she sees others. It explores concepts like poverty, death, misogyny and violence through her eyes. Sandra Cisneros carefully crafted Esperanza’s voice, her diction and poetic language to shape the meaning of the story. Esperanza narrates with simple but powerful language, deliberate sentence and story structure, and bilingual terms to convey the themes of The House on Mango Street.
At first, Esperanza uses short sentences and simple language, because she starts out as a young and innocent child. This is reflected in the subject matter of earlier vignettes, where Esperanza speaks more innocently about how she sees her surroundings, like her family and how she feels comforted around them. However, even near the beginning of the story, she starts to notice things that she will understand more when she matures, like how the boys act very different around girls, and the tragedy that women before her have faced (like her great grandmother who married and never did anything besides stay at home and care…

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