The Loss of Innocence on Mango Street
Often in literature, authors create plot by writing about characters maturing throughout the story. One work that explores childhood to adulthood is The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. In this novella, Esperanza Cordero is a young girl who lives in a poverty stricken area in Chicago. During the story, Esperanza grows up from being an adolescent to a young adult. In the novella, the theme is that losing innocence brings about maturity. Cisneros expresses Esperanza growing up by juxtaposing vignettes. Tone is also used to enhance the change in Esperanza’s thoughts while maturing. Both the juxtaposition of vignettes and tone support the theme that the loss of innocence and the gaining of knowledge is the process of becoming mature.
In the novella, The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros implicitly creates the theme based on Esperanza Cordero’s life. Esperanza lives in a small, rundown house on Mango Street. Throughout the story, Esperanza loses her innocence and matures. As the story begins, Esperanza is portrayed as innocent and young. She explains to the reader how the boys and the girls in her neighborhood seem to “live in separate worlds” (Cisneros 8). Esperanza does not seem to have an interest in the opposite sex. However, as Esperanza’s life continues on, she transforms into a young adult. She explains that someone “can never have too much sky. [Someone] can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can keep you safe when you are sad” (Cisneros 33). Esperanza shows the reader that she understands that she should make the best of what she has because she does not have much. Esperanza’s view about her life shows us that she has a mature voice. The theme of the novella is that the loss of innocence and the gaining of knowledge is what define maturity.
To support the theme of The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros uses juxtaposition. In “The Monkey Garden,” Esperanza realizes that Sally is...
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