What are the five most important plot points in The House on Mango Street?

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sciftw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Choosing the 5 most important plot points for the entire novel is going to differ from reader to reader.  There might be some overlap, but it is likely never going to be 100% identical for every reader.  My recommendation is to pick the parts that coincide with a standard plot analysis.  Those would be the exposition (introduction), rising action(s), climax, falling action, and resolution.  

Exposition: We meet Esperanza and her family and learn that they just moved into the family's first ever house.  Esperanza is disappointed by the entire thing. 

Conflict/rising action(s): In one word, "puberty."  That's really short changing the story, though.  Sure Esperanza is growing up and learning what it means to change from a girl to a woman.  She's curious about sex and men.  But Esperanza is also learning about gender roles and gender inequality.  She's learning about the hardships of poverty and at times abuse.  

Climax: Esperanza is raped. 

Falling action: Esperanza looks for a way to leave Mango Street once and for all.  

Resolution: Esperanza realizes that escaping Mango Street is not the answer.  Her writing is her tool to help her cope.

I hope it helps! 

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