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In The House on Mango Street, how does Esperanza's first reaction to the house display...

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sandrahomburg | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 23, 2012 at 12:01 AM via web

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In The House on Mango Street, how does Esperanza's first reaction to the house display her innocence?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 23, 2012 at 6:01 AM (Answer #1)

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The innocence of Esperanza is revealed in the way that she first talks longingly about the house that she was expecting to live in rather than the actual house her parents manage to buy. The way that she goes into great detail of the list of characteristics this house would have had reveals her innocence and her naivety, as she has no idea of how much money such a house would cost. Have a look at the following description of this dream house:

And our house would have running water and pipes that worked. And inside it would have real stairs, not hallway stairs, but stairs inside like the houses on T.V. And we'd have a basement and at least three washrooms, so when we took a bath we wouldn't have to tell everybody.

The way this reveals Esperanza's innocence is clear through its reference to "at least three washrooms," which is something the majority of people would struggle to afford, let alone a family of immigrants struggling to make ends meet. Esperanza, as a young girl, has no idea of the value of property, and naively assumes that the kind of house her parents dream of having and talk about will be the one they will actually get.

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