English Foundations II
May 27th, 2013
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a coming of age novel of a young Mexican-American girl developing in a working class Chicago neighborhood. The author is much like the main character Esperanza in many different ways. One being that Cisneros was also a Mexican-American girl growing up in a Chicago working class neighborhood. Esperanza is a foil of Cisneros’ beliefs and opinions of her Mexican culture and heritage. While Esperanza is embarrassed of being a Mexican-American around white Americans, Cisneros is proud to be a Mexican-American girl. In Sara Rimer’s article, “San Antonio Journal; Novelist’s Purple Palette Is Not to Everyone’s Taste”, Cisneros states, “I’m very Mexican, and I’m proud of it, and that is another way of being American,” (Rimer 2). The House on Mango Street stresses that every member of a Mexican family played a specific role and therefore had their individuality limited, especially for the women. In Cynthia Y. Hernandez’s poem “Mexican Machista,” she expands on the roles within the Mexican family through a woman’s perception of what being a Mexican man entails. He is the Mexican Machista
The Mexican man that crossed the border in 1976
The man that came to work in the USA and to become an American citizen But even when he became a citizen, he still kept his Mexican tradition alive
He keeps his wife at home to cook and clean while he's at work HE keeps his daughters strictly protected not letting them live life on their own he's the Mexican Machista that wants his food on the table when he gets home The one that has his tres mujeres do everything he knows he can do
His Mexican ways make him believe that the men just work and do nothing at home He has his tres mujeres at home to cook, clean and wash his clothes To him it would be a disgrace to have to do something at home having his tres mujeres en la casa...
Cited: Cisneros, Sandra. House on Mango Street. San Diego, CA: Jane Schaffer Publications, 1997. Print.
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"My Grandparents, My Parents and Me." My Grandparents My Parents, Mis Abuelos Mis Padres, Frida Kahlo, C0160. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2013.
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