Mango Street Vignette Quotes

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The House on Mango Street In the novella, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, we read about a young girl named Esperonza. Esperonza tells us everything. She tells us about her house, her crazy neighbors, who’s friends with who and much more. Throughout the vignettes, Esperanza grows and matures. In the beginning of the book, Esperanza is insecure about many things and by the time the novella reaches to the end, Esperanza has grown into a very mature young lady. In the beginning of the story, Esperanza begins to introduce herself. One of the topics that she talks about is her name. In the vignette, “My Name” she says, “I would like to baptize myself under a new name, a name more like the real me, the one nobody sees.” (Cisneros 11). In this quote, Esperanza is telling us that she does not like her name and wants to change it. She tells us she wants to be a Lisandra or a Zeze instead because people couldn’t pronounce her name correctly. This definitely shows insecurity and a case of immaturity. If she’s embarrassed with her name, then she’s probably embarrassed with a lot of other things. For example, she could not like how she looks like or she can be embarrassed about the things she wears. …show more content…
In the vignette, “Beautiful and Cruel”, she says, “I have began my own quiet war. Simple. Sure. I am one who leaves the table like a man without putting back the chair or picking up the plate.” (Cisneros 89). In this quote, she is telling us that she knows what she wants. Esperanza wants to do things for herself, not for others and especially not for any man. If anything, she wants people to do things for her. We can see now that Esperanza knows who she is and she knows what she wants. Her goal is to get of Mango Street and is determined to reach it. As it is seen, Esperanza has definitely matured and became secure with herself throughout the