Womens need for male support and their husbands
constant degradation of them was a recurring theme
in the book House on Mango Street. Many of
Esperanzas stories were about womens dreams of
marrying, the perfect husband and having the
perfect family and home. Sally, Rafaela, and
Minerva are women who gave me the impression of
[damsels in distress].CLICH, its ok though. Its
relevant They wished for a man to sweep them of
their feet and rescue them from their present
misery. These characters are inspiring and strong
but they are unable to escape the repression of
the surrounding environment. *Cisneros presents a
rigid world in which they lived in, and left them
no other hope but to get married.
however, is a very tough girl who knows what she
wants. She will keep dreaming and striving until
she gets it. She says, “I am too strong for her
[Mango Street] to keep me here” (110). Esperanza
learned from all of these women that she was not
going to be tied down. She said, I have decided
not to grow up tame like the others who lay their
necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and
chain (88). **Especially after seeing that Sally
was suffering so much.
Sallys father is making her
want to leave home by beating her. Sally said her
mother rubs lard on the places were it hurts (93).
There is not enough lard in the world to be able
to cure the pain within Sallys heart. Sally, met a
marshmallow salesman at a school bazaar (101).
Pretty soon sally got married, she has her house
now, her pillowcases and her plates (101). Her
marriage seems to free her from her father, but in
reality she has now stepped into a world of
misery. This was supposed to help her heal; she
says she is in love, but I think she did it to
Unlike the other women Sally has no
escape, no poetry, not even papaya coconut juice,
not to mention, he does not let her look out the
window (102). That is why she sits at home because
she is afraid to go outside without his
permission.(102). Rafaelas situation also involves
imprisonment in her own home. Cisneros introduced
us to Rafaela, a young beautiful girl whose
expectations from marriage were to obtain a sweet
home to live in. Instead, the only semi-sweet item
in life was her juice; Rafaela who drinks coconut
and papaya juice on Tuesdays and wishes there were
sweeter drinks not bitter like an empty room (80).
Cisneros presents the loneliness that Rafaela
feels because of her husbands continuous
imprisonment of her. Rafaels beauty is used as an
excuse in order to avoid the truth, male dominance
in a womans home.
Esperanza explains that, Rafaela
who is still young gets locked indoors because her
husband is afraid Rafaela will run away since she
is too beautiful to look at. (79). Thanks to these
women, Esperanza is able to avoid problems that
come with a marriage. She is young and does not
want to look out the window her whole life, the
way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow
(11). Unlike most of the women in the book her
escape is no longer the window. But that night he
comes back and sends a big rock through the
window(85), shattering her glass hopes [???] and
making her turn to poetry as an escape.
only a little bit older than me but already she
has too kids and a husband who left. (83) She is a
perfect example of a woman who is subjected to the
consequence of suffering because of marriage She
writes on little pieces of paper that she holds in
her hand for a long time (84). Like unhappily
married women, she always takes him back even
after the incessant beatings. She has many
troubles, but the big one is her husband who left
her and keeps on leaving (85). Esperanza and
Minerva share their poems, she lets me read her
poems. I let her read mine (84).
This is both of
their ways to escape reality. The only time
Esperanza expressed feelings towards a boy was
when everything was waiting to explode like
Christmas (73). Even then she knew she did not
want to get married. She did not want this way,
every evening talking to the trees, leaning out my
window, imagining what I cant see (73). Cisneros
gives us a negative portrayal of marriage, by
telling these stories of incarcerated women.
Esperanza is the only one who wants a home of her
own, Not an apartment in the back. Not a mans
Not a daddys house. A house all my own
(108). Through out the story she was the one who
watched from afar. She was the one who took notes
in her poetry book about these womens sufferings.
In her grandmothers memory she was also a wild
horse of a woman (11). Rafaela, Minerva and Sally
are women who are weak. Esperanza however is the
ferocious roots beneath the ground (74).
trees [???] (I dont get the reference to the
trees) these are, Four who reach and do not forget
to reach. Four whose only reason is to be and be
(75). These characters are inspiring and strong
but they are unable to escape the repression of
the surrounding environment. The only tree that
was able to escape Mango Street was Esperanza. Her
last words demonstrated growth as an independent
woman. She concludes She does not hold me with
She sets me free (110). This was good!
There were minor corrections that I corrected, but
didnt make a note of it(like commas). If u have
any ?s call me n let me know! Professor Peterson I
made many changes to my draft. First of all I made
Esperanza a stronger focal point of my paper. I
made it clear that she was the strong one in the
book. I made the transitions have more of a flow
by mentioning more events that involved Esperanza.
I tried to make my subjects better known and my
thesis clearer by stating more facts.
I showed a
lot more and told less. Bibliography: Cisneros,
Rosemary. House on mango street.
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