How do Esperanza's vivid similes set the tone throughout the novel? Consider "the nose of that yellow Cadillac was all pleated like an alligator's," or "ice cream bells' giggle," or "like a pile of dishes breaking."

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The way Cisneros uses similes in The House on Mango Street helps to create concrete imagery that solidifies the image in the reader's brain. For example, in "Louie, His Cousin & His Other Cousin," the simile "The nose of that yellow Cadillac was all pleated like an alligator's" (25) gives a solid mental picture of the front of that car crunched up and looking like an alligator. This visual image is so vivid, unlikely that a reader would misunderstand what the car looks like after it crashes into a wall or a building as it tried to escape a cop. 

Another simile found in "Laughter" also help...

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