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Is Esperanza really Sandra Cisneros?? Are all the events in the book real events that...

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berribunz11 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 9, 2010 at 1:10 PM via web

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Is Esperanza really Sandra Cisneros?? Are all the events in the book real events that are tied together forming Sandra's life??

I,m confused...someone answer please, without confusing me more

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 9, 2010 at 11:21 PM (Answer #1)

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House on Mango Street was not written as an autobiography - exactly.  Do not read into these stories as true events of the author's life.  Instead of plot details, Sandra Cisneros uses the truth from her own childhood and experience the form of emotions that Esperanza feels.  The events themselves may or may not be true.

Another thing to note is that Cisneros attempts to paint a realistic picture of not only her childhood, but of her culture, the lives of those she grew up with and around, and the common stories many of them shared (again in the form of common emotions, desires, fears, etc.).  Many of the chapters of this book come from ideas Cisneros gained while working with Chicano students at Loyola Univeristy.

What she has created in Esperanza (and this novel) is a carefully crafted blending of common experience and emotion for young latino women who lived much the same way Cisneros herself grew up.  The novel is realistic fiction - not an autobiography.

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