House On Mango Street Metaphors

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All throughout “The House on Mango Street”, Sandra Cisneros uses the repeated imagery of windows as a metaphor. The main character, Esperanza, moves to a new house on Mango Street and is initially very happy. However, as time passes, she falls out of love with the house once she begins to adjust. Cisneros relates certain windows with certain characters in the story to create the extended metaphor of ‘The House on Mango Street’ being a prison for Esperanza. The metaphor itself begins with the first Esperanza: Esperanza’s (the main character) great-grandmother. Her great-grandmother is the first in a long line of people to have spent their lives in The House on Mango Street, spending their lives looking out the window and hoping to leave or