House On Mango Street Language

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House on Mango Street
In the novel House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros’s creates a multi-themed book by her use of various connecting situations. One of the most prominent themes in the books is the power of language. Esperanza learns quickly as the novel advances that not being able to speak english means having no power. She sees this powerlessness in Mamacita, decides to never leave her apartment due to her ignorance and fear of English. This shows Esperanza the power and influence knowing a certain language-in this case english- can have on a person's life. She learns quickly that mastery of english can bring her freedom and open more doors in life for her. Esperanza learns that in english her name means “hope. In Spanish it means
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Cisneros uses a variety of words and expressions to show the tone. The tone in the novel is extremely hopeful though the main character, Esperanza (whose name means “hope”), seems to experience hopelessness often. First the reader is introduced to Esperanza. The audience learns her dreams and future plans. The audience learns of her hope that her parents will one day get a home of their own. To her there seems to be little chance that she may ever leave mango street however, Esperanza still has hope that someday she will escape its hold and she will get to explore and experience a world she isn't used to. The women on mango street all suffer in some way-from being abused by their husbands to having too many children and not being able to take care of therm-Esperanza is no exception. The audience see’s Esperanza go through some terrifying events, yet they see her continue to have hope. The most tragic event of all, was Esperanza's rape. This tragic moment leads to the ending of the story in which we learn of Esperanza's plans to leave Mango street and return later only to save those who can't escape its clutches. “One day I will pack my bags of books and paper. One day I will say goodbye to Mango. I am too strong for her to keep me here forever. One day I will go away” (110). Cisneros uses the name of her character (Esperanza) to show her audience that hope is often something we need to have in order to survive. One must chose to keep believing before things can ever get