Sandra Cisneros Character Analysis: The House On Mango Street

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Marissa Frutos March 26, 2012 Block 1 Characterization Essay: Esperanza “I like to tell stories. Iam going to tell you a story about a girl who didn’t want to belong.” Writes Sandra Cisneros in The House on Mango Street. In this novel, the author uses Vignettes to explore the experiences of many characters in a poor Chicago neighborhood. The Story focuses around the main character and narrator. Esperanza, a young Chicana girl. First of all, Esperanza is Lonely. In the beginning of the novel, she wishes for a friend of her own. For example she says, “Someday I will have a best friend all on my own. One I can tell my secrets to . . . Until then I’ am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor “(9). This shows that she wants…show more content…
In the end of the novel, she wishes she has a house of her own one that she’s not embarrassed of. For example, she says “Only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem” (108). This shows that she wants her house to herself and nobody’s garbage to pick up after. This is important, because Esperanza wants her own pillow, her pretty purple petunia also her two shoes waiting beside her bed. Therefore, the main character longs for a house of her own. Third, Esperanza is brave. In the end of the novel, her friend sally goes with a group of guys well Esperanza waits around for her. Esperanza thinks Sally’s going to get hurt. Esperanza is brave to wait for sally. For example, Esperanza says “I took three big sticks and a brick and figured this was enough” (97). This shows that she’s courageous for waiting around for a friend. This is important, because Esperanza shows she’s fearless to a group of older guys. Therefore, the main character is heroic. In conclusion, the main character, Esperanza had her issues with loneliness, self- consciousness but indeed it all worked out for her and she got a house of her own just like she

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