The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What is the setting of The House on Mango Street, and why was this setting chosen?

Expert Answers info

Juliet Ivey eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2019

write92 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Arts, and History

Presented as a series of vignettes, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a coming-of-age story narrated from the point of view of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago.

The house, the street, and the people in the neighborhood all play vital roles in Esperanza’s understanding of herself, the challenges her parents and neighbors face as working-class Latino people, and how identification with the neighborhood affects its residents in positive and negative ways.

In the opening story, Esperanza describes the places her family has lived, why they moved to Mango Street, and her sudden feeling of shame after a nun’s reaction to their house. She recalls,

You live there? The way she said it made me feel like nothing. There. I lived there. I nodded.

Esperanza also confronts her feelings of being different from mainstream culture and being hemmed in by her cultural context. In the vignette “My Name,” she thinks about the...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 760 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Jonathan Beutlich, M.A. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

briefcaseTeacher (K-12), Professional Writer

bookB.A. from Calvin University

bookM.A. from Dordt University


calendarEducator since 2014

write6,038 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Science, and History


Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

brettd eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2009

write4,576 answers

starTop subjects are History, Social Sciences, and Literature

check Approved by eNotes Editorial