Literary Analysis: House on Mango Street

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Crystal Batayeh Jarenski Comm. 306 16 October 2013 Coming to America: The Real Story Living in America is a dream to many, and sometimes it is made into a reality. Immigrants on the daily enter our country in hopes of a better life and the independence and freedom our country holds. Our country has often been called the melting pot (more recently the salad bowl) because of all the culture we previously and currently still embody. People across the world come here in hopes of the “American Dream” and for some, it does happen, but at what cost? How many come in hopes of finding a better life but just realize that to find a better life they must leave behind culture and previous ways of life. They realize that although they come here to be accepted, they’re isolated and in some cases looked down upon by the natives, in this case Americans. Immigration has always been an issue to some natives, viewing immigrants as people who take and ruin their turf, rather than just trying to share it. In “The House on Mango Street” the author, Sandra Cisneros, really shows us all the troubles an immigrant faces like isolation and the struggle of assimilation. Through her use of simple writing, narratives about her daily life, and the way she compiles the passages, readers get a sense of how the “American Dream” isn’t always what it seems to be. First off, I want to talk about writing style through the book. The use of simple diction, short and choppy sentences, and little narratives give us a deep meaning, but also do more. I believe Cisneros wrote the way she did to make this book easy to read. The book is a universal message that not only Latino immigrants relate to, but almost all immigrants coming to America from all over the world. Also, this book is an eye opener for natives when they realize the trials and troubles immigrants face that most are ignorant to or even a
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