Essay on The House On Mango Street

2220 Words Nov 30th, 2016 9 Pages
“Visibility” in Childhood Gives Rise to Better Outcomes in Later Life, Displayed Through Literature Impoverished youth are more likely than their wealthier counter partners to suffer from neglect and abuse, not just from family members, but also from society organizations like the education and health systems (“Poverty and Child Neglect”). Being overlooked by the community they live in is detrimental to a child’s social, educational, and sexual development. Ralph Ellison’s novel, Invisible Man, follows a young man from the end of his high school education to his adult life. Throughout the novel we see the narrator’s sorrows and struggles of growing up without a strong support system. Sandra Cisneros’ short novel, The House on Mango Street, follows a young girl, around twelve years old, over the time span of about a year. Both children are from impoverished homes and have a darkened pigmentation of their skin, but their feelings of being either visible or invisible to their parents, society’s systems, and community largely shaped their future. In Invisible Man, the narrator is largely unaware about how the people in his community have labeled him. He believes they are having a convention of rich white men to celebrate his completion of high school and commencement speech. In reality, the men held the event just to make a mockery of him and other African American boys by first putting them in tight, ill-fitting wrestling clothes and then sending them into a crowded room…

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