Forever Gone Essay

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Forever Gone “It was a mistake," you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you,” once said by David Levithan, an award-winning author. Sandra Cisneros, the author of The House on Mango Street, and Levithan both point out that trust plays an important role in one’s life. Esperanza, the main character and narrator of the story, is a girl who wishes to be different from the rest. She does not want to be like the woman who she grew up with. She wants to be independent and free from the cycle of mistreated women. Esperanza is an innocent young girl who is forced to give up her childhood innocence. She experiences and witnesses’ harsh sexual violence that makes her furious, humiliated, and she feels betrayed by people due to the unwanted pressure that was dominated over her. Esperanza’s first encounter with sexual violation ended her trust with people. To Esperanza, this job is not what she dreams of doing. On her first day she felt alone and uncomfortable. She says, “when lunchtime came, I was scared to eat alone in the company lunchroom with all those men and ladies looking” (54). She felt as if she did not belong there. Esperanza felt threaten and scared by others that she ate her lunch in a washroom stall. She then encounters an Oriental man who said, “we could be friends…”(55). At last Esperanza felt welcomed and relieved that she does not have to hide herself from the others. She made a friend who will eat lunch with her and who will talk to her. However, this friendship quickly vanishes after the man violates Esperanza’s self-being. She says, “ …he grabs my face with both hands and kisses me hard on the mouth and doesn’t let go” (55). Esperanza is enraged with humiliation because of what he did to her. He was supposed to be her hero and save her from being alone. They were supposed to eat lunch together, but he ruined
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