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In The House on Mango Street, how does Esperanza's environment affect her? (3 quotes...

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flamengo10 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted June 3, 2010 at 11:15 AM via web

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In The House on Mango Street, how does Esperanza's environment affect her? (3 quotes from book )

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted July 31, 2010 at 8:08 PM (Answer #1)

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Esperanza's environment affects her in profound ways.  The physical elements of her community as well as the social relationships she finds there leave a mark on Esperanza as she grows up.  First, Esperanza feels shame because she lives in a run-down house.  Before the family moved to Mango Street, she was shunned by a nun because her house had boarded windows.  She believed that moving into a house of their own would solve the family's problems.  However, Esperanza soon learns that poor communities are still poor even if the houses are owned by their inhabitants.  As Esperanza meets people in her new neighborhood, she learns about sorrow, abuse, and the desire for hope and freedom.  She describes Marin who "under the streetlight, dancing by herself, is singing the same song somewhere.  I know.  Is waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall, someone to change her life."  Esperanza learns that others around her are all waiting for something to come rescue them and make their dreams come true.  By the end of the book, Esperanza vows to leave Mango Street to find her dreams and return to rescue the others.

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