House On Mango Street

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House on Mango Street Final Essay Once Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” This quote portrays to Esperanza’s life because she made it through the challenging obstacles in her life by believing in her dreams. In the novella House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, is the narrative that is seen through the eyes of Esperanza Cordero, an adolescent girl coming of age. She starts of as an insecure twelve year old girl who is quite selfish but in the end Esperanza finally matures and gains more confidence within herself. Throughout the novella her neighbors uncover forces that pull Esperanza to stay rooted to her cultural traditions, and those who compel her to pursue a better way of life outside of the barrio (neighborhood). Esperanza Cordero goes from being an insecure girl to being a young woman seeking her own independence. Esperanza is exceedingly insecure at the beginning of this novella. For instance, Esperanza says, “In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color” (Cisneros 10). This quote used shows how Esperanza does not like her name and how she wishes to have been born with another name. In reality Esperanza’s name is one of her many insecurities. However, this is not the only reason why Esperanza is insecure. As an example Esperanza states, “I am an ugly daughter. I am the one nobody comes for” (Cisneros 88). The quote used explains how Esperanza has low self-esteem and does not believe in her inner beauty. Evidently, Esperanza’s judgment is based on her opinion towards herself and with her constantly thinking low of herself, will not help the fact about her insecurities. Clearly it is obvious that Esperanza is an exceptionally insecure girl; however, Esperanza begins to mature greatly and gain
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