what role do community and neighborhood play in shaping who we become1. community provides people with security and sense of belonging but also use these feelings to trap its inhabitants with a...

what role do community and neighborhood play in shaping who we become

1. community provides people with security and sense of belonging but also use these feelings to trap its inhabitants with a comfort zone. Thus, community can decrease a person's ability about people and things in the outside world.
2. Living in a neighborhood allows people to learn from mistakes made by others and also find their role models. Thus, neighborhood empowers a person to become better and stronger.

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hilahmarca | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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The saying goes: "It takes a village to raise a child."  This is so true.  Growing up, a young person comes in contact with many people, mostly from his community.  They all make impressions on the youngster in one shape or another.  Often times, a youngster will encounter people who set bad examples and follow their leads.  In the rare instance, the youth will see the bad examples for what they are and make the conscious decision to NOT become that way.  It takes an intelligent person to arrive at this conclusion, but Esperanza does.  Women from her Grandmother to her friend Sally are having their lives controlled by men.  She is tempted to follow that path at times, but she rises above it and becomes an independent woman.  She was able to do this, not only because of her intelligence, but good role models she also encountered, such as the three sisters.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think it is interesting that when we examine the ending of this novel, Esperanza in desiring to leave Mango Street is not completely forgetting or trying to ignore the influence that it has had on her. She obviously identifies with a number of aspects of what you are saying, and in her desire to leave but then to go back we see that she is not trying to reject her roots and the community that has done so much to shape her.

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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I certainly agree that one's community (whether it be family, school, religious, work, or a similar-interest community) provides a person with a sense of belonging, but I don't think that community has to mean that a person is trapped in a comfort zone because the word itself no longer implies a small, close-knit group of people.

In regards to the second statement about neighborhood, you could certainly argue that Esperanza is significantly affected by her neighborhood, but for many Americans now, their actual neighborhoods don't play a large part in their lives. In fact, many people can't wait to escape the neighborhood that they live in now, or those who live in subdivisions don't know their neighbors like we used to even 20 years ago.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Looking at your statement #1, I think that a feeling of security and a sense of belonging do not have to trap a person in a comfort zone.

I think that if you feel you belong somewhere, it is easier to go out and explore new places.  That's because you feel that you belong someplace and you can always go back.  That makes it safe for you to go out on your own.  So I don't think that belonging to one community makes it harder for you to go out into the outside world.

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success11 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 2) eNoter

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Looking at your statement #1, I think that a feeling of security and a sense of belonging do not have to trap a person in a comfort zone.

I think that if you feel you belong somewhere, it is easier to go out and explore new places.  That's because you feel that you belong someplace and you can always go back.  That makes it safe for you to go out on your own.  So I don't think that belonging to one community makes it harder for you to go out into the outside world.

the way Esperanza says "All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color......" I thought that was how her community can constrainst her. But I think what you said is also really logical

I'm doing this question on one of my assignment and I need four answers to the question. Do you think you can give me some clues for the other two? I'm really stuck on this question right now

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