The House On Mango Street Literary Analysis

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THE SEMANTIC ANALYSIS OF CONNOTATION MEANING IN THE HOUSE OF

MANGO STREET BY SANDRA CISNEROS

I. INTRODUCTION

I.1. Background

From generation to generation, literary work develops continuously. As we

know literature is a feeling, experience or imagination of human life. Literary

work which is written in the form of beautiful words is important to many people

because it can gives happiness of the life. According to the Oxford Advance

Learner’s Dictionary, literature is the writings that are valued as works of art,

especially fiction, drama, and poetry.

Short story which is one of the literary works has its own way to entertain the

reader and can gives the reader pleasure, enjoyment and satisfaction. Those

factors are involved in poetry are
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Furthermore below is the analysis;

IV.1.1. Simile

Simile is a stated comparison of two similar things introduce by the words

like or as.

1. “but my mother’s hair, my mother’s hair, like little rosettes, like little

candy circles all curly and pretty because she pinned it all in pin-curls

all day” (page 6)

In this case Esperanza compares her mother’s hair with the little

rosettes and little candy. The statement above has the connotative

meaning that her mother’s hair is cute and sweet. She also looks beautiful

when it is curly.

IV.1.2. Metaphor

Metaphor is an implied, or an expression that is used in a new sense, on

the basis of similarity between its literal sense and new thing situation.

1. “Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor.” (page 9)

In this metaphor Esperanza compares herself to a red balloon. The

phrase a red balloon express herself who has the similarity. The phrase a

red balloon has the denotation meaning as a balloon which is red.

However it also has the connotation meaning that her house in

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