The House on Mango Street Critical Content
by Sandra Cisneros

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Critical Content

(Survey of Young Adult Fiction)

The House on Mango Street was the first narrative work by Sandra Cisneros. It has become a valuable work of fiction in contemporary Chicano literature, forming part of the core readings in diverse ethnic studies curricula. Cisneros’ volume of poetry My Wicked Wicked Ways (1987) contains pieces whose motifs the reader can relate to themes appearing in The House on Mango Street. Two other volumes of poetry, Bad Boys (1980) and Loose Woman (1994), include some social commentary motifs as well as lyrical compositions. In Cisneros’ other works, such as the short-story collection Woman Hollering Creek and other Stories (1991), feminist themes are more evident, emerging from a variety of narrative voices that represent female children, adolescents, and adults.

The House on Mango Street is inspiring reading material for young people. Cisneros encourages changes in the traditional roles and social conditions of women and members of minority groups while she emphasizes the universal human values of love and respect.