The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros Essay

1608 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
In novel The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros writes of Esperanza, a young Latina girl coming of age in a Hispanic neighborhood of Chicago. In the novel Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid writes of Lucy, a Caribbean immigrant to America, and her affluent white employer, Mariah. Both authors use these characters to highlight the two major themes common between both novels – cultural identity and societal ignorance.
● ● ● In The House on Mango Street, the struggle with identity is a central concept, especially as it pertains to family background and struggles. Esperanza writes of the small and cramped house she lives in on Mango Street. She eats rice sandwiches for lunch because her family is extremely poor. On top of all of that, her father is exhausted all the time because he works so hard trying to support his family. In the beginning of the novel, Esperanza longs to change her name so that she can define herself on her own terms, instead of accepting a name that connects her to her family heritage. She wants to separate herself from her parents and her younger sister in order to construct her own life, and to her, changing her name is a vital step towards that. Eventually, Esperanza determines she does not need to set herself apart from her family and the others who live on Mango Street, so she decides not to change her name. She comes to terms with her place in community and decides that the most important way she can define herself is as a writer. As a writer, she…

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