What are examples of hyperbole, flashback, full circle, repetition, use of 5 senses, and onomatopoeia in The House on Mango Street?

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The following references are examples of figurative language and other literary devices in The House on Mango Street:

Hyperbole is used in the chapter "And Some More" when Nenny talks about snow.  She says that "[t]here are a million zillion kinds" of snow which is an exaggeration of reality.

At the beginning of the story, Esperanza flashes back to other places where the family has lived:  "Once when we were living on Loomis. . . ."  Esperanza goes on to discuss this experience that happened in the past at her old home.

Onomatopoeia is used in the chapter "Hips" when the girls play jump-rope games.  Esperanza describes the rope as "tick-ticking" which characterizes the sound that the rope makes when it hits the ground.

By the end of the story, the narrative has come full circle:  Esperanza at the beginning of the story moves onto Mango Street full of hope that is quickly crushed, and at the end of the story she desires to move away to save herself and others.

In the first chapter of the novel "The House on Mango Street," Esperanza recalls the time when the nun questioned where she lives.  She points to the house and the nun says, "There?"  Esperanza repeats the word, and then the narrator repeats the word "there" a few times.  The repetition reinforces the poor nature of the house and Esperanza's embarrassment over living there.

Finally, imagery relates to the five senses and may be found in descriptions that relate to sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste.  In "The Earl of Tennessee," Esperanza describes the sound of Earl's car when he returns home: 

First the click and whine of the car door opening, then the scrape of concrete, the excited tinkling of dog tags, followed by the heavy jingling of keys, and finally the moan of the wooden door as it opens and lets loose its sight of dampness.

 

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