Houses symbolize many things in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. They represent freedom and confinement, success and failure, and fantasy and reality.
Beginning with the house on Mango Street, the house symbolizes confinement, failure, and reality. Esperanza is embarrassed about her living conditions. This is the first house her family has owned and not rented, but it doesn't live up to the fantasies she had of a house that her parents promised.
They always told us that one day we would move into a house, a real house that would be ours for always so we wouldn't have to move each year. And our house would have running water and pipes that worked. And inside it would have real stairs, not hallways stairs, but stairs inside it like the house on T.V. And we'd have a basement and at least three washrooms so when we took a bath we wouldn't have to tell everybody. Our house would be white with trees around it, a great big yard and grass growing without a fence. This was the house...
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