The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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Ideas for Group Discussions

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

In forty-four short tales, or vignettes, placed under one cover, Sandra Cisneros tells the life of Esperanza and her Mexican American family who live in a Latino section of Chicago.

1. Characterize the social constraints of the women in Esperanza's neighborhood, and describe how Esperanza both responds to and transcends the social forces in her environment.

2. Discuss the metaphor of the house in The House on Mango Street.

3. Discuss The House on Mango Street in relationship to the history of Mexican Americans in large cities of the United States.

4. Compare and contrast the depiction of barrio life in The House on Mango Street with Nicholasa Mohr's Nilda.