Engl. Comp. II
“The House on Mango Street”
In “The House on Mango Street”, author Sandra Cisneros presents a young girl, named Esperanza, growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Esperanza Cordero is searching for a release from the low expectations and restrictions that Latino society often imposes on its young women. Cisneros draws on her own background to supply the reader with accurate views of Latino society today. In A Home in the Heart: Sandra Cisneros’s “the House on Mango Street”, Nicholas Sloboda, portrays Esperanza in “The House on Mango Street” as a character who maintains her hope and self-worth despite the nature of her environment. In, En Otras Voces: Multiple Voices in Sandra Cisneros “The House on Mango Street”, Beth L. Brunk asserts that “The House on Mango Street” is marginalized by its ideology, its language, and its writer's ethnicity. "In Search of Identity in Cisneros's “The House on Mango Street.", Maria Elena de Valdés, examines, the "highly lyrical narrative voice" of The House on Mango Street in relation to textual representations of "a poetics of identity" as a Chicana writer.
In A Home in the Heart: Sandra Cisneros’s “the House on Mango Street”. Sloboda stated that, Sandra Cisneros presents Esperanza Cordero and her remembered experiences after her Family moves to their new “sad red House” on Mango Street. Esperanza, in her introspective narrative, looks back and remembers her childhood in a depressed Mexican-American neighborhood. While this character has become an important figure in the development and expression of female subjectivity in recent Mexican-American fiction, all too often she is read exclusively as a voice of opposition to dominant-culture practices of oppression. Sloboda argue that, “The House on Mango Street”, the image of the house serves a twofold symbolic function: it is a symbol of the socioeconomic condition in which Esperanza finds herself, and its alienating effect on her, and more importantly in...
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de Valdés, Maria Elena. "In Search of Identity in Cisneros ' The House on Mango Street." The Canadian Review of American Studies 23.1 (Fall 1992): 55-72. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter and Timothy J. White. Vol. 118. Detroit: Gale Group, 1999. Literature Resource Center. Web. 17 Nov. 2010.
Sloboda, Nicholas. "A Home in the Heart: Sandra Cisneros 's The House on Mango Street." Aztlan 22.2 (Fall 1997): 89-106. Rpt. in Children 's Literature Review. Ed. Tom Burns. Vol. 123. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 17 Nov. 2010.
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