The House on Mango Street - Characterization Essay

1400 Words Oct 28th, 2011 6 Pages
Esperanza: the Person Behind the Print In The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, a little girl from a Latino heritage is given birth to. Not literally, but in the sense of characterization. Esperanza is a fictional character made up by Cisneros to bring about sensitive, alert, and rich literature. She is the protagonist in the novel and is used to depict a female’s life growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Cisneros creates the illusion that Esperanza is a real human being to communicate the struggles of growing up as a Latina immigrant in a modern world, by giving her a name, elaborating her thoughts and feelings, and illustrating her growth as a person through major events. To give a character life they first have to …show more content…
The uses of the terms “I”, “me”, and “we” also give the character a stronger illusion of being real because they are pronouns which represent a person. Later in the story Cisneros also uses Esperanza’s thoughts and feelings to evoke more emotional appeal from the readers: “Why did you leave me all along? I waited my whole life. You’re a liar. They all lied. All the books and magazines, everything that told it wrong. Only his dirty fingernails against my skin, only his sour smell again. The moon that watched” (100). This passage expresses the more appalling side of growing up in a deprived community such as Esperanza’s and causes the readers to actually “feel” for Esperanza as though she was a friend of theirs. Another realistic component Cisneros adds to her character is the reoccurring thought Esperanza has: “I want a house on the hill like the ones with the gardens where Papa works” (86). It keeps Esperanza’s goal alive and active in the story, and also within the audience which is intact even through the major events that occur during her earlier childhood and into her teenage years. Growth is experienced through time but can be heightened or sped up through life’s major events and situations. It is difficult to tell the story of a person’s life within 110 pages of

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