Marxist Analysis Of The House On Mango Street

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Marxist Analysis of The House on Mango Street A Marxist critic of Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street would immediately note the underlying factors of classism playing into Esperanza’s life. The proletariat strife within Latin Chicago inner city neighborhoods is the foundation of the setting and world she grows up in. The identity of the house is a result of the stark class differences between her people and whites. Marxism reveals societal classism which shapes the progression of Esperanza’s from childhood into adolescence. Esperanza is first presented with other’s assumption towards her and her social standing when the nun scoffed at the notion of her living in the broken down Laundromat. “You live there?” (Cisneros 5). Growing up, Esperanza never thought twice about her place in the world or her family’s social standing until the nun belittles her by rudely emphasizing the fact that she lives “there”. The word ‘there’ is meant to describe the location of something, but the way the nun uses it reveals distinct classism. The ‘there’ from which Esperanza comes from suddenly has negative connotation. It is undesirable, unwanted, and to someone in a higher class than a poor Latino family, it is uninhabitable. Esperanza, who up to this point innocently went about the daily life she deemed entirely normal, now has an outsider’s shameful perception of her living quarters. This is what triggers her yearning for her own house outside of the poorer neighborhoods, a home she can be proud of. As Esperanza puts it, “A real house. One I could point to. But this isn’t it. The house on Mango Street isn’t it,” (Cisneros 5). This new perspective is a prime example of a proletariat realizing their place in the world, acknowledging the others above them in a desired bourgeoisies lifestyle – something the proletariat envies and longs for. To them, the grass is always
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