The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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In The House on Mango Street, what chapters showcase determination in this novel?

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"Four Skinny Trees," "Bums in the Attic," "Beautiful and Cruel," "A House of My Own," and "Mango says Goodbye Sometimes" are the main vignettes that focus on Esperanza's determination to be a strong woman, leave Mango Street one day, and to own her own house. She becomes progressively more determined with each vignette, too. As she analyzes the different types of people who live on Mango Street, Esperanza's resolve to leave and maker herself better than where she comes from builds and strengthens.

First, in "Four Skinny Trees," Esperanza finds strength within herself as she appreciates how these four trees remain strong and living against the odds of growing through the concrete of the inner-city. Esperanza explains as follows:

"When I am too sad and too skinny to keep keeping, when I am a tiny thing against so many bricks, then it is I look at trees. When there is nothing left to look at on this street. Four who grew despite concrete. Four who reach and do not forget to reach. Four...

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