Diction In The House On Mango Street

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The House on Mango Street is a novel that was originally published in 1984 by Sandra Cisnero. The novel is about Esperanza Cordero who is a young Latina girl who grows up in Chicago. Esperanza was determined to "say bye" to her poverty-stricken Latino neighborhood and do something better with her life. Cisnero uses the perspective of a young girl to appeal to her audience especially- the minorities. Using Esperanza allowed Cisnero to relate to the life of immigrants entering and settling in the United State. Cisnero used diction, syntax and symbolism to get her point across. The perspective of a child in this novel gives the reader an intimate perspective of Esperanza's life. At this age, Esperanza tries to make sense of the world, her community and even herself. In the novel she describes things as she sees them. For example, the description of the "Four Skinny Trees.” Esperanza gives an objective description while comparing the trees to herself. Esperanza makes analogy very interesting and intimate. Her dream of having …show more content…
Maria Elena de Valdés, the author of “In Search of Identity in Cisneros' The House on Mango Street”explains that the narrative is familiar. A sensitive young girl's reflections of her struggle between what she is and what she would like to be. The sense of being an outcast is combined because ethnically she is a Mexican, although culturally a Mexican American. Esperanza is a young girl surrounded by many examples of abused, defeated women. She is looking for a way to break this vicious circle within her family and community. These women's lives is what she is trying to avoid. As time passes she discovers herself through her own writings. Esperanza, the girl who did not want to belong to her social reality will learn that she belongs to herself, to others, and not to a place or otherwise know as The House on Mango