It is interesting how this opening vignette actually introduces some of the main themes of the novel as a whole. Let us consider how it does this. Key to the novel is the experiences of an immigrant Latino family living in the United States, coping with the variety of challenges that this presents. Note how Esperanza, the narrator, tells us about the previous accommodation and how they had to move:
We had to leave the flat on Loomis quick. The water pipes broke and the landlord wouldn't fix them because the house was too old. We had to leave fast. We were using the washroom next door and carrying water over in empty milk gallons.
Clearly the conditions...
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