The House On Mango Street Discussion Questions
In the House On Mango Street, Esperanza is talking about how she has lived many different places in her life.
“We didn’t always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina, and before that I can’t remember” she said. That quote tells you all the places she has lived, but it doesn’t tell you why Mango Street is different. The reason Mango Street is different is because it is their house. They own it, but all the other houses they had rented. 2.
In the House on Mango Street, Esperanza tells you what she had imagined owning a house would be like, and what her house was actually like. “This was the house papa talked about when he held a lottery ticket and this was the house Mama dreamed up in the stories she told us before we went to bed.
But the house on mango street is not the way they told it at all” She said.
This quote tells you that their family had a dream house, like a house they saw on T.V. but they are disappointed in the real house they got because it was nothing like their “T.V. house”. 3.
In the story the storyteller never tells her name, but you know that she is a daughter in a family of 6. She doesn’t say directly how she feels about moving, but I can tell she doesn’t like it much, but it has become a part of life. “By the time we got to Mango Street we were six- Mama. Papa, Carlos, Kiki, my sister Nenny and me” she said. Also “They always told us that one day we would move into a house, a real house that would be ours for always so we wouldn’t have to move each year”.
These quotes show that she a child of a 6 part family, and that she isn’t fond of moving, but has gotten used to the sad feeling of saying goodbye each year. I think she would be much happier if they settled down in one spot, and that’s what she dreams about. 4.
In the book, Esperanza lets on to a few little persona things about herself. “You live there? The way she said it made me feel like nothing. There. I lived there. I nodded.” She says (pg. 5)
This little clue shows that she cares a lot what other people think of her, even if they are judging her on her house. It also shows that her self-image is easily distorted and she stared thinking that her value as a person depended on how nice her house was.
In the book, Esperanza is telling you how everyone in her family has a different type of hair. “My Papa’s hair is like a broom, all up in the air. And me, my hair is lazy. It never obeys barrettes of bands. Carlos’ hair is thick and straight. He doesn’t have to comb it. Nenny’s hair is slippery- slides out of your hand. And Kiki, who is the youngest, has hair like fur”(6). In the next paragraph she talks about her mothers hair. So Esperanza has 5 other family members. Mama, Papa, Carlos, Nenny, Kiki, and herself. 2.
Esperanza tells about her family’s hair. This little act end up telling you a lot about herself and her family. “Everyone in our family has different hair”(6). What she is really telling you is that her family, although related, are each individuals with different views, and personalities. 4. In the House on Mango Street, even though Esperanza is just telling you about her and her family’s hair, she also tells you a lot about her family. “…Holding you and you feel like your safe...”(6). She tells you that her mother is very important to her and very crucial to the family by devoting a whole paragraph to her. Esperanza knows that her mother bonds her family together. BOYS AND GIRLS
No, Esperanza isn’t really “a balloon tied to an anchor”. It’s a good description because it describes how she feels. Esperanza feels like she’s fighting against something and losing. The heavy “anchor” which pulls downward is obviously more powerful than the light “balloon” that pulls upward, with no avail. Esperanza feels like she is the balloon,...
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