Which person is able to achieve their goals and how do they do it in The House on Mango Street?

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It is clear that the central character who both dominates this narrative and achieves what she desires at the end of it is Esperanza, our narrator, who from the start desires to move away from Mango Street and not be trapped in it in the same way that her friends and neighbours are shown to be. As Esperanza grows up, she is aware of the way that so many women marry and then suffer abuse or restrictions because of their marriage and the children they have. In "Beautiful and Cruel," we see Esperanza's clearly stated intention that she will not end up like this:

...but I have decided not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain.

She deliberately rejects the lifestyle that so many of her peers adopt, desiring a house of her own where she can attain the independence and freedom she so desperately craves, as "A House of My Own" details. The novel ends with Esperanza's conviction and belief that she will one day escape her house on Mango Street and be successful in achieving her goal. She has shown that, through the strength of her personality and her resolute refusal to conform that she will be able to achieve independence on her own terms, and not let the various barriers that keep others in Mango Street hold her back.

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The House on Mango Street

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