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by Sandra Cisneros

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In The House on Mango Street, in the chapter "Hairs" is the chapter unified?

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In regards to the unity of the vignette "Hairs," the short, seemingly unrelated story fits in with Sandra Cisneros 's overall narrative style of the work. Essentially, "Hairs" is a vignette about the different types of hair each member has in Esperanza’s family. Esperanza mentions that her Papa's hair is up in the air, Carlos's hair is thick and straight, Nenny's hair is slippery, and her mother's hair is like little rosettes while her own hair is lazy. Esperanza’s perception of her hair as being "lazy" reveals her discomfort with herself at this particular stage in life. Esperanza's lack of confidence is a reoccurring theme throughout her adolescence. Her mother is also portrayed as a...

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