The House On Mango Street Essay

1651 Words Dec 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Whether one is growing up in the inner cities of Chicago or a“favela” in Rio de Janeiro, growing up in poverty affects the upbringing of children in a similar manner. After reading Sandra Cisneros’ novel “The House on Mango Street” and comparing it to my own childhood, it was apparent that the low socioeconomic status of our families had a profound impact on various aspects of our individual development. The financial struggles of parents may inadvertently place a significant emotional burden on a child or adolescent, who must cope with the lack of material good and somtimes even basic amenities. However, after coming to several realizations, both Esperanza and myself vow to return and assist our communities after we get the ability to move to a better neighborhood . Ultimately, the effects and experiences of growing up in a low socioeconomic neighborhood shaped the upbringing of both Esperanza and myself. Growing up in a bad neighborhood is not initially apparent to young children, however gradually they will begin to realize the stigma behind their neighborhood. Throughout Cisneros’ novel it became increasingly apparent to Esperanza that her home on Mango Street was situated in a rough neighborhood. For instance, Esperanza states, “Those who don 't know any better come into our neighborhood scared. They think we 're dangerous. They think we will attack them with shiny knives. They are stupid people who are lost and got here by mistake” (12.1). This shows that…

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