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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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A House of My Own Summary

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Last Updated January 10, 2023.

Esperanza thinks about having a house which would be entirely her own, not an apartment or a man’s house, but one where everything is hers, with petunias and books, and her shoes beside the bed, and no one else’s garbage to pick up. Such a private space would be “clean as paper before the poem.”

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