The House On Mango Street Identity Analysis

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Zach Ritterbusch Ms. Martell English Period 7 3 November 2014 The Individually Identifying Institution No one’s individual identity stays the same throughout their life. We change throughout our lives, for better or for worse. Often, people will become more mature throughout their lives, though that is not always the case. During the course of the novella, “The House On Mango Street”, a young girl, Esperanza, Changes her individual identity in monumental ways. Esperanza often thinks about owning a larger home where she can live, but she grudgingly learns to accept her background and where she comes from. In the very beginning of the novella, Esperanza is immature and selfish and does not want to belong to her house on Mango Street. However,…show more content…
At the very beginning of the novella Esperanza is young and immature. This is shown in the first chapter. “The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don’t have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and there isn’t a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom.” (Cisneros 6). This passage shows that Esperanza is immature. The diction is immature and young sounding. The entire passage is one run on sentence. Younger, immature people tend to speak long run on sentences without taking a breath. Later in the book, Esperanza becomes considerably more mature. Her individual identity is now that of stronger more mature person. Later in the book Esperanza has an epiphany about life on Mango Street. “They will not know I have gone away to come back. For the ones I left behind. For the ones who cannot out.” (Cisneros 105). Esperanza now knows that she is lucky to be able to leave Mango Street and poverty. She is more mature now, and she no longer speaks in run on sentences. She is also more mature in the way that she is thinking. She now thinks more about other people than just herself. Though Esperanza matures greatly over the course of the novella, it is not the only way her individual identity changes over the course of the

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