In The House on Mango Street, how does Esperanza change over the course of the story?

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Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros’s 1983 novel The House on Mango Street presents the narrative of Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Chicana girl living in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. This novel contains a series of vignettes and contains elements of Mexican-American culture, specifically with regards to gender, sexuality, race, and socioeconomic class. The genre is bildungsroman, which focuses on the moral and psychological growth between adolescence to adulthood.

At the start of the novel, the reader learns that Esperanza has no desire to stay on Mango Street over the long term. However, as Esperanza matures, she becomes more aware of the socioeconomics of her family and her neighbors. She comes to realize that their poverty is what keeps them on Mango Street. Even when she leaves the street eventually, her poverty will follow her, and as such, Mango Street will not leave her as long as she is poor.

Additionally, Esperanza becomes more aware of her body and her sexuality...

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