Book Report on House On Mango Street

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House On Mango Street


Women's Escape into Misery Women's need for male support and their husband's constant
degradation of them was a recurring theme in the book House on Mango Street. Many of
Esperanza's stories were about women's 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 [damsel's in distress].CLICH…, it's ok though. It's 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. Esperanza, 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. Sally's 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
Sally's 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 escape." (101). 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). Rafaela's 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 Tuesday's and wishes there were
sweeter drinks not bitter like an empty room" (80). Cisneros presents the loneliness that
Rafaela feels because of her husband's continuous imprisonment of her. Rafael's beauty is
used as an excuse in order to avoid the truth, male dominance in a woman's 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. "Minerva is
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
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