In the book, Esparanza grows up in a mostly low-income area. Her family always promised that one day they would move into a nice home like the ones in the movies. The house Esparanza grows up in is the house on Mango Street. It is cramped, dingy, and the opposite of that on television. As Esparanza is growing up all she wants are friends so she asks her neighbor Cindy to be her friend.
Benji Essay The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros demonstrates the growth of Esperanza, not just as an older sister but as a person. This book shows her life struggles and what she has had to go through to enter life as an adult. Esperanza lives without a positive female role model, but will realize that she does not need anyone but herself. Esperanza goes through troubling challenges on a day to day basis and it has affected her maturity level drastically. Esperanza has not acknowledged the hard work life requires for great opportunities to appear.
Lost Dreams: The Glass Castle One of the most important things that parents provide for their children is a stable background: a roof to sleep under, regular meals, and a sense of security. In fact, some turn to a faulty upbringing in order to explain violence, crime, drug abuse or general bad behavior in adult life. However, Jeannette Walls grew up with an alcoholic father and a shiftless mother, neither of whom provided for or protected their children. She was raised in a household where sufficient food was a rarity, traveling around from small town to small town, often living in conditions that to most would be unbearable; yet as an adult, she created a life for herself that she deems comfortable and stable. The Glass Castle is a stirring account of Walls’s childhood, her relationships with her family, and her ability to overcome all the hardships she was faced with.
Because of the family's poverty, they were forced to live in a single room that used to be a prison cell. However, despite all this the family were said to be loving and devoted to each other. Bernadette's life changed forever when Mary chose to appear to her. On February 11, 1858, she was collecting firewood with her sister and a friend, when they left her behind to cross an icy stream. Bernadette did not go initially because of her poor health, but was about to take off her stockings to follow when she heard a rustling noise and saw a beautiful young woman in a small opening above the large grotto in the Massabielle rock.
This choice was a compromise to her original idea of personal happiness; however, as she comes to love and be loved by Turtle, she finds that true happiness lies in having meaningful relationships with others. Early in her life Taylor was missing out on the lifestyle of a teenager; she never went to parties, she never had a boyfriend or was considered a girl who was noticed Taylor couldn’t do these things because she was committed to her mother Alice. Taylor compromised her happiness and worked in the Pittman County hospital for five long years, in order to support her ailing mother. She worked in the lab with blood samples, urine samples and lots of other gross things. Taylor left Pittman with not a single dollar to her name.
“Handcrafted sailboat of fiberglass at one-thousand-one-hundred-ninety-five dollars” make the children feel like for “that much money it should last forever.” Sylvia does not like how Miss Moore is always teaching them lessons and how she is getting them to see that they are so poor. Sugar, Sylvia's cousin, notices she can please Miss Moore if she she just agrees with her the whole time. At the time, Sylvia refused to please Miss Moore but just remains being her stubborn self. By the end of the story Sugar realizes that all though they may live in a poor ghetto town without a lot of money they, “got four dollars anyway.” Sylvia agrees with Sugar but also thinks that “aint nobody gonna beat me at nothin.” Sylvia’s mentality now is that she may have some things, but in order to get more and become successful she needs to get an education like Miss Moore. Even though Sylvia refused to agree with Miss Moore while she was educating them, in the end Miss Moore got her point across and got Sylvia to think about how to succeed in her own
Most of the townswomen that Lena came in contact with were sour and had begrudging attentions when they saw her condition. Even though Martha seems reserved from Lena, she gives Lena a generous amount of money that Martha had been saving for quite a while now. Martha remains mindful of Lena even though she knows that she should not being helping her because then that would mislead the community. Another active woman in the community was left nameless but she had a big part in this novel. She and her husband happened to pass by Joanna Burden’s house.
The house on Mango Street isn’t it” says Esperanza, the protagonist in the story House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, after she gets embarrassed for showing the nun where she lives (5). Esperanza is a young woman who has many goals which includes finding a nicer house, but the biggest one is to “escape” Mango Street. Inside the lonely and forgotten houses on Mango Street, many women are not able to leave because they are trapped. However, Esperanza’s future will not end up like the lives of the women on Mango Street because she is educated and observant. Esperanza is lucky because she is well educated.
Maggie is not only physically but mentally scarred. So traumatized from the fire Maggie is very timid, anti social and self conscious. Unlike her sister Maggie never got the proper schooling to learn to read or write vary well, the only things she knows how to do truly well are the things she grew up doing such as helping her mother around the house with cleaning, cooking, sewing, and things like that. Maggie and Dee have diverse views of how to cherish their heritage. To Maggie actually putting the things, of her heritage, to everyday use is a better way of appreciating it then just having it on display never to be used.
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.