The House on Mango Street Questions and Answers
by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street book cover
Start Your Free Trial

How does Sandra Cisneros develop Esperanza effectively? Provide an idea (ex. language devices, use of contrast,use of situation,etc) and examples from the novel The House on Mango Street.

Expert Answers info

lsumner eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write1,183 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

In The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros develops the character of Esperanza effectively. Esperanza lives on Mango Street. She deals with the everyday occurrences that happen in her neighborhood. Things that happen in her neighborhood continue to shape her as a character. Through the "forty-four short tales that evoke the circumstances and conditions of a Hispanic American ghetto in Chicago," Esperanza grows into a young woman.   

The narrative is seen through the eyes of Esperanza Cordero. As Esperanza is coming of age, she is beginning to think about life outside of the neighborhood. She dreams about leaving the neighborhood and having a better life. She vows to leave one day and take as many as she can with her:

Esperanza demonstrates empathy for those around her, particularly those who do not see beyond the...

(The entire section contains 424 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial