The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros Essay

1891 Words Nov 13th, 2015 8 Pages
Societal Shackles Within today’s society, the oppressive forces of societal norms seem to constrict many lesser privileged members of the population. More and more frequently, there are outcries for a revision of the current way of life; movements such as feminism exemplify these reforms. So many people nowadays, and all throughout history, feel trapped by society due to prejudices held against them or due to their socio-economic standing. In literature, when one believes one is trapped, it often reveals a divide wherein one is trapped either figuratively or literally. In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, the struggles of a young girl in a poor urban neighborhood are detailed as she attempts to come to terms with her family’s situation and her goals for the future, leading to her longing for a figurative release from Mango Street, representing her freedom. In contrast, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” shows a more literal interpretation of the theme as a woman is trapped inside a room by her husband, leading to her ultimate descent to insanity. While the two stories have a different approach of doing so, they convey an analogous idea. However, whereas Cisneros attempts to prove the idea of an oppressive society trapping the less fortunate using the metaphor of Esperanza being trapped on Mango Street, Gilman proves it with a historically-based portrayal of a woman literally trapped by her husband. The House on Mango Street is rich…

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