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Throughout the story, Esperanza clings her desire to leave Mango Street. Do you think that one day she will leave? Throughout the story, Esperanza clings her desire to leave Mango Street. Do you think that one day she will leave?

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Unlike her peers and siblings, Esperanza has higher ambitions and greater skills that will allow her to break free from the chains of Mango Street and become and independent lady.  Of course, by the end of the book, she realizes it's not enough just to leave, but to come back to help those who come after her.  This shows great maturity in her character going from selfish goals of leaving and turning her back, to wanting to change her neighborhood for the better.  There is no doubt due to her writing talents and her stubborn drive that Esperanza will be able to leave Mango Street.

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I agree that she badly wants to leave, but it's not that simple.  Poverty is interwoven through all of the stories in House on Mango Street , and it has a way of trapping people close to family because it is difficult or impossible to survive on your own, especially in an urban setting.  While she might leave the street and the neighborhood itself, it will be a lot harder for her to break the cycle of...

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