How does Esperanza feel about moving a lot in The House on Mango Street?

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In The House on Mango Street, Esperanza is not necessarily happy about having to move a lot; however, she knows that the family must find a house of their own soon.  In the first chapter of the novel, Esperanza recounts some of her family's experiences in the places that they have lived.  In one place, the water pipes broke, but the landlord refused to fix them, causing the family to have to haul their own water into the bathroom next door.  In another place, Esperanza suggests that neighbors and the landlord complain that their family was too noisy.  So Esperanza dreams of a day when they will have a house of their own so that they do not have to move to undesirable places.  However, when the get to their house on Mango Street, Esperanza realizes that this house is not what they have dreamed, and her mother tells her that it will only be temporary.  So on one hand, Esperanza does not like to move and dreams of the day when she and her family can settle down, yet she also realizes that settling down can only be done in an ideal place.

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