The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros Essay

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In Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, Cisneros’ captures “the image of the Chicana who needs to create her own path, not only within her culture and society, but also in Chicano fiction” (Martinez). This book is not like an ordinary novel, as it is “a loose-knit series of lyrical reflections, her (Esperanza’s) struggle with self identity and the search for self-respect amidst an alienating and often hostile world” (De Valdes). The men and women in Esperanza’s life play drastically different roles from each other, which tells the reader about Esperanza’s Mexican culture. Additionally, by the way women are depicted in The House on Mango Street, the reader can see that there are a great amount of expectations for Mexican women.

Esperanza “is a young girl surrounded by examples of abused, defeated, worn-out women” (De Valdes). On Mango street, most of the women experience a lack of freedom, compared to their husbands who are free to do whatever they please. Women are commonly left to “stare out of windows, locked indoors waiting for their spouses to return or for something to happen” (Martinez). This abusive treatment of women seems to be passed down from generation to generation as well as the belief that contemporary women should follow in the steps of their ancestors and suffer in silence. Esperanza’s own great-grandmother “looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on their elbow” (Cisneros 11). For that reason, almost…

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