The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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In The House on Mango Street, why are groups that help in such situations absent from the novel?

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It is interesting that the very absence of such groups as social services that should be helping the residents of Mango Street in their various and manifold problems highlight the way that barrios like the one Esperanza grew up in did not have the same resources and support available to them. The general picture that is presented to us is one of crime, robbery, abuse and violence with neglectful parents....

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