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The immediate setting is the house itself, and the surrounding streets and neighborhoods of the Esperanza Cordero and her family. The home, inadequate though it is, is where they live at the moment, after a long series of moves, and it is the central theme for the short stories in House on Mango Street.
The overall setting is Chicago, Illinois, in the mostly Spanish-speaking Latino neighborhood, or barrio. Sandra Cisneros, the author, chooses this as the setting because this is where she comes from, and the Chicago barrio is what she knows and remembers from her own childhood.
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