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What how many symbols are in Alicia Who Sees Mice-A House On Mango Street? And what are...

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maiyer2010 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2009 at 9:00 AM via web

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What how many symbols are in Alicia Who Sees Mice-A House On Mango Street? And what are they?

It starts out on when "Close your eyes and they'll go away,her father says, or you're just imagining it." all the way to the part where it says, "Is afraid of nothing except four legged fur. And fathers."

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 17, 2010 at 7:05 AM (Answer #1)

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In the book "The House on Mango Street" Alicia is scared of the mice that come at night.  The mice are a symbol.  Man is often referred to as a two legged creature.  The mice are referred to as the four legged creatures.  Alicia's father is then stated in the end as the thing she fears.  Alicia has moved into the role of the woman in the household.  The mice are now representing her terror at having her father going into her room at night which he wishes her not to remember.

The tortilla star is the morning sun.  It brings the obligations of motherhood to the young girl.  The swollen floorboards indicate the poverty of her life.  The rolling pin represents the holding back to an old lifestyle that the girl is trying to work away from.  The university is hope for a better future where she will escape all she fears and the responsibility of her siblings.  She is a good girl and sees the mice means she does what she is told despite the abuse but goes on.


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