Sometimes in life, people wish for things they do not have. No
matter how hard people wish on a star or on a candle, the wishes never seemed to be
answered. Everyone has felt that bitter disappointment on Christmas morning when
they finally realize that they were never going to be able to get what they wanted.
This is the same exact feelings that the author in Cisneros ' The House on
Mango Street has. Unlike us, the disappointment for these characters last
throughout their childhood, just like the author and her family growing up on Mango Street.
The short story Cisneros ' The House on Mango Street is about a young child between the ages of 7-12 telling how her family came to live on the house on Mango Street. In the beginning she tells the reader of how they moved around a lot to the point she can’t even remember all the places she has lived and how her family got bigger as they were moving around and before she knew “we were six”. The reason that that they moved into the house on Mango Street was because the place where they were living last the pipes broke and the landlord didn’t want to fix it. The author dreamed of the house they were going to live in that, the same one her Papa told her about that one that they would live in “when he held a lottery ticket and this was the house Mama dreamed up in the stores she told us before we went to bed”. The family had dreamed of a house that they could call their own and didn’t have to pay rent to anyone or keep moving around every year. This dream house would have it all running water and pipes that works, and many bathrooms, and “stairs inside like the house on TV”. The house would be a big white house with a big backyard and trees all around. This was the house that the author dreamt for her family but the realty was when they finally moved in to house was nothing that she dreamt.
Cited: Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. 4th ed. N.p.: X.j. Kennedy, Dans Gioia, n.d. Print.