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The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

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Minerva Writes Poems Summary

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Last Updated January 9, 2023.

Minerva is not much older than Esperanza, but she already has two children and a husband who keeps leaving her and coming back again. When her children are asleep, she writes poems, which she allows Esperanza to read, and she reads Esperanza’s poems as well. Minerva’s life is hard, but the greatest problem is her husband. Once, she threw him out for good, but he came back that night and threw a rock through the window. The next week, she came to see Esperanza, covered in bruises and asking what she should do, but Esperanza did not know. She only knows that there is nothing she can do to help Minerva.

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