House on Mango Street Analysis

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In House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, many themes where viewed throughout the text, themes such as; stereotypes, machismo, gender roles, and identity. The theme of gender roles stuck out the most in two particular vignettes, Rafela Who Drinks Coconut and Papaya Juice on Tuesdays and Linoleum Roses. In both vignettes it is very obvious who is the dominant and who is the submissive. In both cases the submissive one is a girl and the dominant a man. In Linoleum Roses, Sally finally runs away from her abusive father by marrying an older salesman, whom she comes to find out is obsessive, abusive, and violent. Sally’s ‘husband’ doesn’t let her out, talk or see her friends, or be near the window. This vignette stood above the rest of the other gender role related vignettes because it showed how a women that has been in abusive situations tend to go in a circle to end in the same predicament they started in. that is exactly what Sally did, she left her abusive father to end up with an abusive old man. In Rafela Who Drinks Coconut and Papaya Juice on Tuesdays, the same concept is showed in a different light. In this vignette Rafela is a girl, whom also married young, her husband keeps her locked in their apartment because she is to pretty, to the point where he thinks she will be stolen away from him because of her beauty. Again the dominant is Rafela’s husband and Rafela herself is the submissive. She just like Sally is stuck with an obsessive abusive man, that no matter what she can’t leave him because she has nowhere else to go. I disagreed with the way Sandra Ciserno wrote the gender role parts of the book. I disagree with it because they all had basically the same concept and that didn’t really inform the reader that there are many different ways that gender roles can be used. I believe that she could have given all the submissive women a different scenario

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