In The House on Mango Street, why did the narrator say at the end of book that she must leave the neighborhood in order to come back?

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misslacey | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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If you reread the last vignette in The House on Mango Street, you'll see that Esperanza needs to leave her own neighborhood in order to be free from it so that she can write about it. Throughout the course of this text, the reader sees her beginning to define herself as both a young woman (the kind of woman who will NOT be like her grandmother, "waiting at the window" for a man). She needs to leave the neighborhood so that she can tell others about the experiences she has had there. Through doing so, she will always be able to return back, in her mind and in her heart, to the characters and the place that has made her who she is.