Absolute Monarchy vs Nationalism

Topics: John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Great Depression Pages: 2 (739 words) Published: May 15, 2011
Irish Proverb once said “hope is a physician of misery”. This quote means that the best medicine for any hindrance that you have in your life is hope. I agree with this quote because if you have hope when you’re going through a rough time in your life, you’ll always have something to believe. Two works that support this quote are The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and Of Mice and Men by John Steinback. Two literary techniques that both of these authors use are irony and characterization.

In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza and her family moved around incessantly from one apartment to another. They moved so much that Esperanza can’t even name all of the places she once lived. She had a tremendous dream of her family and her moving to a house that they can call their own. When she moved to Mango Street she had her house but she wasn’t happy with how it looked. It definitely wasn’t the house she dreamt up. In the novel Esperanza says “The house was small with tight steps in the front and the windows was so small you’d think they were holding their breath, bricks were crumbling and the front door is so swollen you have to push hard to get in”. She was so embarrassed of her house that when people asked her where she lives? She’d point at her house and feels ashamed because their response would be “you live there?” This shows that she loses her hope of ever becoming better than “a place called poverty”. When she talks to her friend Esperanza tells her she wants to move far away from Mango Street and forget that she even lived there. Her friend says that she can never forget about Mango Street because she is Mango Street. This meant that without Esperanza coming back to Mango Street every other woman would be stuck in a society where they depend on men. So she was the only hope for the young girls who lived on Mango Street and knowing that it gave her back hope.

In Of Mice and Men by John Steinback, Lenny, very strong tall, and...
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