Where is there a point of similarity between A Raisin in the Sun and The House on Mango Street?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one point of comparison between both works is how "the other" from a racial point of view struggles to hold on to their own sense of self and this new element called "America."  For the Younger family, the struggle to fit in economically and socially in order to make their own lives better while holding onto their own sense of identity is a struggle, one that defines the drama.  For Esperanza, her entire world is defined, in large part, by recognizing what of her identity as a Latina she will keep and which parts of this new American culture she can appropriate.  For both sets of individuals, the struggle to hold to live as a hyphenated American, sometimes at the hyphen, defines their own sense of being in their respective works.  The struggle over being African- American or a Hispanic- American are ones that make both works representative of the idea of moving voices on the margin to the center.  This recasting of voice is what makes both works significant and makes both works similar to one another.  In reading both narratives, it is evident that living at the hyphen is the shared point in both.

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