The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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  In The House on Mango Street, how does Sandra Cisneros use language, (personification, simile, imagery) to create the theme that growing up is a challenge? Please provide quotes from the novel :)

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In Chapter Four of The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros uses personification in one of her most important quotes. Esperanza, the main character, is named after her grandmother. Esperanza does not want to grow up like her grandmother who sat by the window with such sadness: 

She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she couldn't be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window.

Esperanza's grandmother lived a life of sadness. She would not have married if her husband had not kidnapped her and forced her to marry him:

After that, Esperanza’s great-grandmother was sad and spent the rest of her life looking out the window. 

Did Esperanza's grandmother just sit by the window sadly accepting the way things were? Esperanza's grandmother...

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