Why does Cisneros end The House on Mango Street with the lines, "For the ones I left behind? For the ones who cannot [get] out?"

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Throughout the novel The House on Mango Street, Esperanza has been trying to find a way to leave the environment of her street to get to a better life somewhere else.  In the first chapter of the novel, Esperanza and her family dream of the day when they will have an ideal home, one that belongs to them.  However, when they buy their house on Mango Street, Esperanza quickly realizes that the house and the neighborhood are less than ideal.  Growing up, she meets others who live in the neighborhood who do not seem to have any prospect for happiness:  Sally claims that she is happy, yet she has married a man who keeps her prisoner in the house.  Esperanza throws herself into her books and into writing as her ticket out of the neighborhood, and in the end she wishes that she could save others from the devastating effects of the neighborhood.

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