House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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In the book House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros the main character is Esperanza.She is a young girl who goes through some though times. Her dream us to one day live Mango Street, own her own house and become a writer. A central theme in this book is womanhood. Womanhood is a state of being a woman, growing up and experiencing problems that woman have to face. This paper looks at images of womanhood in My Name and Red Clowns. Cisneros message on womanhood is that overcoming different and scary events makes a stronger woman who can help others who face the same situation. In the chapter called ‘’My Name’’.Esperanza introduces herself and talks about her dissatisfaction with her name. ‘’In English my name means hope .In Spanish it means too many letters .It means sadness. It means waiting.’’Esperanza thinks of her name as being a negative one. She gives a positive word like hope and gives it three negative descriptions. First she says it has too many letters.Esperanza is in school and I think she frustrated with how to pronounce her name which makes her different from other people .Even her siblings Nenny,Carlos and Kiki have less- foreign sounding names. If u have never met Esperanza you can tell she Spanish by her name. Esperanza has negative thoughts within herself. Esperanza life is full of sadness and waiting, Esperanza says her inner self is described by the name Zeze the X.Zeze the X is Esperanza trueself.Cisneros is saying is that sometimes you don’t always choose who you are but you can change what you’re going to become. In the chapter called ‘’My Name’’ Esperanza talks about her connection through her name to her great -grand mother and express how she does not want to be like her .’’She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry
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