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How can I describe Esperanza in Part 1 of The House on Mango Street?

Esperanza, as portrayed in part one of The House on Mango Street can be described as empathetic, determined, and resourceful. She is a young girl learning the ways of the world with keen senses and an astute mind.

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In the early part of the book, Esperanza gives the impression that her identity is still in the early stages of being formed. Somewhat inevitably, this has a noticeable effect on her storytelling technique, which like herself has yet to develop properly. Being so young, and having only just arrived in a new neighborhood, Esperanza is so unsure of herself and what she is that she's unable to connect the stories that she tells in the book's initial stages.

The lack of a developed self is key here. It is only later on in the story, once Esperanza eventually comes to know who she is, that she's finally able to gain the degree of objectivity and disinterest necessary to link her stories together. In other words, Esperanza is very far from being a writer in the early stages of the book.

As such, she initially stays within the relative comfort zone provided by her family life. This explains why Esperanza starts off by talking about her family. It also explains why it is only later on that...

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miny | Student

How would you describe Esperanza?From what you have rad so far, What can you say things she values?

smiley19 | Student

you could describe esperanza as hard working at the beginning of this story but at the end she changes. She is a seeker and a understander. At the beginnig shes not very mature but as the story goes on she gets more mature and seems more respectful towards others. She also learns how to cope with her issues better.