The House On Mango Street Summary

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Part II. Report Sandra Cisneros’ novella The House on Mango Street has been critically acclaimed and is a modern classic that is loved by many. It isn’t everyday a story comes along that snags readers the way this tale does, and with good reason. When someone has experienced struggle for themself, they are able to identify with this novella (books that hit home in this way are the ones that become classics). Cisneros herself is fairly resemblant to Esperanza; her background is similar (both Latina, both from Chicago). Contrarily, the protagonist has only three siblings, whereas Cisneros is the only girl in a family of seven children. Esperanza is often the supervisor of Nenny, her younger sister, and very hesitant to leave her childhood innocence behind; she is clueless to the profane world she lives in, oblivious to the realm of sexuality and immorality that…show more content…
However, I have felt companionless and offbeat, akin to Esperanza, on many occasions. This gives me a generic understanding of her; though I cannot strongly identify with her, I have previously been in similar situations. When someone is having negative emotions or skepticism towards themself and the world around them, their impending consummation becomes fragmented and is not mended without difficulty. Often the onslaught of doubt is caused by what I have nicknamed a ‘fisheye effect.’ The fisheye lenses that can be attached to cameras magnify the subject and make it appear to be mildly exorbitant. In a similar manner, we as humans take our perceptions and subject them to our ‘fisheye’ concept and allow them to consume us. We take loneliness, diversity, fault, etc. and put ourselves under a metaphorical microscope with a ‘broken lens’, but instead of fixing the broken lens, we persist, further skewing our identity. Yet in this havoc, there is opportunity; the chance to rebuild and sculpt oneself into an object of

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