Her family moves around a lot and finally into a house of their own. Not the house that Esperanza wants. The houses are close together in the neighborhood. Theirs is red with crumbling brick, no front yard, one washroom, and everyone must share a bedroom with someone else. Esperanza, being in her adolescence, needs her own space.
Her mom tells her how she should have gone to school and that Esperanza should study hard in order to fulfill her dream of becoming whoever she wants to be and also give her parents the peace of mind that they are looking for in knowing that they gave their child a better life. Esperanza herself is still determined to leave her area, Mango Street, but has changed her tact a little bit. Earlier in the book, she hated who she was and where she came from and wanted to move away to distance herself and try to forget about that part of her life and personality. Now she has accepted that where she has grown up is a part of her and is sure to remember what has happened here and bring that to her new life. She states that she will house “bums” in her attic because she understands what it is like to not have a home.
I have never really lived in apartment buildings so I don’t know how this live really is, but by all the details Esperanza says about the place in this book, I believe no one would like to live here. Everyone would like to live in a regular house instead of sharing. She finally moves to a house. Not the perfect house of her dreams, but instead an old house with very much work to put in. they are poor but they did bought it like that, her dad won in a lottery ticket.
The things that we dream of having one day are not always what the reality will be. The family’s first home was located on Loomis Street. They lived in an apartment on the third floor where the “water pipes broke and the landlord wouldn’t fix them because the house was too old” (147). It seems as though the landlord has no consideration for the basic needs the family, so they had to leave the home. They lived uncomfortably and “would have to use the washroom next door and [carry] water over in empty milk gallons” (147).
They move into a small home located in a Chicago ghetto in a primarily Hispanic community. This house, however, fails to meet Esperanza’s vision of what their home would be like. It’s small, run down, and hardly enough room to accommodate the family of six. She is embarrassed by the home and yearns to leave and to never return. She turns to her community and neighbors to escape the feelings of isolation and disappointment as she is able to befriend kids her own age and also some adults that she observes and learns from.
When Esparanza has to pay for friends or can only have a friend 'til next Tuesday, it causes her to doubt her self worth and negatively affects her self-esteem. Cindy is right about the neighborhood though, and Esparanza explains that when outsiders come in to their area and become scared. "Those who don't know any better come into our neighborhood scared. They think we're dangerous. They think we will attack them with shiny knives.
The House on Mango Street In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, the reader experiences, through a collection of vignettes, the maturing of Esperanza, a girl who feels lost and out of place in her world. She moves with her family to a house on Mango Street, which has a direct impact on the events in the book. The house is in a poor Latino neighborhood that is racially segregated by the Caucasians who refuse to live in the same area as Spanish-Americans, even if they are of equal economic status. Esperanza is forced to mature significantly, emotionally and mentally. Throughout the novel, she endures many traumatic experiences that lead her to ultimately resolve to leave Mango Street.
As the trip is under way she believes she is in another state, and mistakes a road for another one. She tells her family how there is a large house, with pillars on the front porch and how she’d love to visit it once more. As they head to the house, the cat she had snuck into the car, leapt from the basket and into the front seat causing the wreck. If she would have either not gone, or just left the cat at the house, nothing would have happened. “…she was hiding a basket with Pitty Sing, the cat, in it.” (O’Connor 368).
Unwanted As a child, O’Neill would go from town to town with her mother who thought she was so intelligent and did not need a job. As she got older, they realized living with relatives was not the best idea and that the best idea was for her to go live with her father in Montreal. In Lullabies for Little Criminals, O’Neill emphasizes the struggles of being an unwanted child using similes, metaphors and conflict. Many similes are used throughout the entire novel; this can be shown through the following quote, “A set of fake nails were lying in [the soap dish], like petals that had fallen off a flower” (O’Neill, 5). This relates back to being an unwanted child, because flowers are beautiful and to Baby these fake nails are probably beautiful.
Esperanza has not acknowledged the hard work life requires for great opportunities to appear. Esperanza’s father talks about his dream house but it baffles Esperanza. Her father says, “We’ll have a real house with running water, working pipes, a great big yard and grass growing without a fence” (Cisneros 4). Esperanza then contrasts that with her house and realizes that they do not have any of those great things. She just wants her house to change instantly.