The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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

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"The House on Mango Street" takes us as readers through a period of time (about a year) in the life of Esperanza, a Mexican-American girl who moves in to a house on Mango Street at the beginning of the novel. The novel is told in a series of vignettes, and from the beginning, we are aware that Esperanza does not plan on staying on Mango Street for the rest of her life.

Throughout the year, Esperanza matures mentally, sexually, and emotionally. Several events occur throughout the novel that points us towards this fact, such as her becoming aware of her growing hips, making friends, developing crushes, and writing as a means of escape. We read about her grandfather (Abuelito) passing away, the way she perceives her own name, and being assaulted after she befriends Sally.

Esperanza quickly goes from a girl who loves playing outside, jumping rope, and telling stories to a young woman who dreams about boys, deals with people she loves passing away, and has to come to terms with her family's...

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