The House on Mango Street MAG

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   InThe House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros defies traditional form and grammar tocreate an honest and passionate work. Her simplicity is beautiful, as are herabundant images and metaphors.

Through the young and imaginative eyes ofthe narrator, Esperanza, Cisneros gives the reader snapshots of a childhood in animpoverished Latino family in Chicago. Each brief passage highlights an incidentor observation in her life, from the childish pleasures of a used bicycle and thecompanionship of neighborhood trees, to the disappointment of moving to MangoStreet and the guilt of losing a relative.

Gifted with effortlessstorytelling ability and poetic sincerity, Cisneros brings together these storieswith their common thread of cultural oppression of women. Esperanza watches asthe women in her life become stuck in hopeless poverty and loneliness due totheir fathers or sweet-talking boyfriends who leave them with too many children.Esperanza sees the young mothers with a baby balanced on each hip, and the oldimmigrant women desperately struggling to maintain their Mexican roots. She vowsto leave Mango Street and work as a writer, but never to forget the women whocould not escape.

Esperanza's growth into a young woman and her desire torise above her beginnings make The House on Mango Street a poignant book forstudents of any culture and background. Its concise prose makes it ideal forreading either in a single evening, or in short sections over a longer period oftime.

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on Aug. 3 at 1:43 am
lauramaldonado9273, Long Beach, California
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Favorite Quote:
“ if you want the rainbow you have to deal with the rain.. “

The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, a story based on a girl who wants the best for herself and her family. I personally suggest this book, I instantly enjoyed reading the first few chapters.
Esperanza is the main character in this story, she evolves through out the story. Esperanza and her family weren’t as “ stable “ as you can say. They were in and out of homes. Until they came along a house, the house on Mango Street. Taking place likely in Chicago, Latin. Esperanza isn’t well pleased with her home, she has high expectations on what house she’d want. Esperanza has to accept the home her parents were able to get, they go by waiting to win the lottery for hope. Esperanza still isn’t so pleased with it all.
Esperanza realize’s her sexuality through out her time, on Mango Street, but not only does she realize that, she also finds a bestfriend. A bestfriend more than her two other friends Lucy and Rachel, more than her little sister nenny. Sally was her name. This part would have to be my favorite, to be able to find a bestfriend, and know who you truly are, is more than just wanting a better home.
I highly recommend this book to young ladies, because. not only does it show Esperanza’s life, it can connect to another young lady’s life as well, not everything is easy, the author shows us that it takes the worst to get the best. That’s honestly the best lesson to give any girl or male as well. Life will give you what you earn.

Kiddo_03 said...
on Aug. 1 at 9:56 pm
Kiddo_03, Adelanto, California
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The House On Mango Street, a beautiful work of art made by Sandra Cisneros interesting piece created with a perfect mixture of comedy, and real life stuff. I’d honestly recommend this book to anyone. From a small child to a mid adult this book can be read by. anyone.

A book about a little girl who becomes a young woman, this book has a personal, and detailed description of Esperanza Cordero’s (The main character/ Narrator) life. From her many difficult experiences in the low-income Latino neighborhood in Chicago. One will be able to step in her shoes as she progresses through her life.

She arrived at her house because of a leak that happened at her apartment that the landlord didn't fix. She had high expectations of the house that was crushed when she arrived. She eventually got to love the place. Until she began to mature and her eyes opened to a lot of things that she never saw before. Her own sexuality, poverty, the true intentions of most men with females. She sought to leave the place to become a writer and artist and grow past everything. She wanted to be independent. “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.” - Esperanza Cordero

Like I said before I’d recommend this book to anyone. So you could stand in the shoes of a young hispanic girl who became a grown woman, and understand the mysteries and troubles in her life.

anahi003 said...
on Jul. 30 at 5:05 pm
anahi003, San Bernardino, California
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The House On Mango Street by sandra cisneros , the book is about a young girl that feels like she don't belong in mango street and is also about her growing up and going through tough situations. i highly think people should read this book because you might relate to this book , you may feel what esperanza feels during her childhood years. the plot in this story is her moving in to a new street and trying to fit in but she has notice she doesn't belong in mango street , she has notice that every woman in that street are young just like her but these girls are already married and they have kids and cannot escape where they live. the main characters are her , sally, esperanza parents , and many more. the setting in the book is mango street. i liked everything about the book one of the best books i ever read. "for the ones who cannot out" here is a little quote from the book that proves that people cannot get out of mango street but esperanza will come back for the ones she left behind.

on Jul. 25 at 7:00 pm
Soniawinchester60, Lennox, California
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"The House on Mango Street" is a coming-of-age book about a Mexican-American girl growing up in a Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago. We see Esperanza Cordero's family and neighborhood through the twelve-year-old girl's eyes, told in a series of vignettes. She sees many older women sitting by the windows. They feel trapped by their fathers, their husbands, and the responsibility of children. Others are trapped by their lack of education or inability to speak English. Esperanza is hoping her writing skills will be her ticket out of the neighborhood someday. She has dreams for her future, including a house of her own. But she'll always have ties to the old neighborhood.

Sandra Cisneros writes beautifully, painting a new picture for the reader in each vignette. This book would be perfect for classroom discussions for teens.

on Jul. 23 at 7:55 pm
daniellearretche, Sa, California
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a coming of age story about young Esperanza and the challenges she faces within herself and her community.
Esperanza moves into a new neighborhood and makes new friends who are very different from her. She is not happy with the new house on mango street but that is all the family can get with such short notice due to the condition of their old home. She learns new things from her new friends in the neighborhood about the way of the world, boys, and how to be. Cisneros paints a picture of a Latin-American community and the struggles the residents face.
It is a resilient story about a young girl and her struggles of growing up. If you enjoy stories about involved communities you should check out The House on Mango Street.

kait_lyn3 said...
on Jul. 18 at 1:21 am
kait_lyn3, Arcadia, California
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In the House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, the author beautifully expresses her work with emotion and language. I personally enjoyed the novel and I believe that you should read it too. “The House on Mango Street” will get you engaged and into the story easily.
The novel written by Sandra Cisneros, is through the imaginative eyes of the narrator, Esperanza, Cisneros gives the reader snapshots of a childhood in an poverty Latino family in Chicago. Each brief passage highlights an incident or observation in her life, from her little young self riding a used bicycle and the companionship of neighborhood trees, to the disappointment of moving to Mango Street and the guilt of losing a relative.
The main characters include Esperanza, Lucy and Rachel, Sally, Nenny, Marin, Papa and Mama, Alicia, and Cathy. The story takes place in a poor, mostly Latino neighborhood that's commonly understood to be Chicago, which is the author's hometown. Some things I personally enjoyed in the book was in the chapter “Those Who Don’t.” In that chapter Esperanza and her friends are very confident in themselves and don’t get scared with the people around them. They are all used to everyone that they don’t feel the need to be scared of anything. That made me very engaged to the chapter.
All in all, I think “The House on Mango Street” is an amazing book. It is very interesting and at the same time filled with different emotions. It gives you a good feeling when reading the book because sometimes you can relate and feel all those emotions. Especially when it is explained with the tons of figurative language.

selestiiee said...
on Jul. 17 at 3:02 pm
selestiiee, Rialto, California
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The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros is an extraordinary, classic novel that'll take you on a journey through vignettes and short sentences meant for you to read between the lines and understand. I definitely think that you would have to relate to this book on some level for it to be interesting to you. So whether it be the stories Esperanza tells about her neighbors, or family, or friends; or just witness to them like Esperanza, this book will be one you can't put down. Warning: spoilers ahead!
The story takes place in Chicago, where Esperanza and her family move into this small, run-down house, on a street called Mango Street, of course. Mango Street is filled with Latinos, who all have different stories and situations they're in that keep them there in Mango. Fortunately Esperanza notices their predicament and sees them as her having to have her eyes open to the possible paths she may take that'll lead her to a place she doesn't want to be. Throughout the story she keeps this in mind in dreaming of her future house and who she will be all grown up, and even as a girl she navigates with that in her friendships.
The book includes various motifs and symbols, which I like. Some that stuck out to me were the way women sat sadly looking out a window came up time and time again throughout the book, starting with Esperanza's dead great grandmother and the way Esperanza's shoes always seem to matter to her, like when she was dancing with her uncle at a party and a boy stares at her and when Sally, her sexually mature friend, blows her off for guys, leaving Esperanza in the garden she has played in with all the other neighborhood kids, is rooted from what happened in the beginning with the high heeled shoes she, Lucy, and Rachel wore.
"She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many sit the sadness on a elbow." Esperanza says this about her great grandmother and about women because she sees it with several women in her own neighborhood. "Until then I am a red balloon, a balloon tied to an anchor." -Esperanza
Get the book and read it.

kymooni said...
on Jul. 16 at 1:06 pm
kymooni, Long Beach, California
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is actually not a really interesting book to me. Honestly the more I read it the more bored I got. The story is basically about a girl by the name of Esperanza who moved on a house on Mango street and off the bat hates it. The neighborhood that she lived in wasn't the best neighborhood to be. It was filled with things such as woman abusers or men who took complete advantage of women. The house was in a poor mainly Latino area in the city of Chicago. I think the main reason I didn’t like the story is because I couldn’t really relate to it, or couldn’t find any connections towards it, which made it boring to me. The content in this story is for a an older crowd, basically high school student because it includes ideas that maybe some parents wouldn’t agree on.

Jaden13150 said...
on Jul. 12 at 7:13 am
Jaden13150, Arcadia, California
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The house on mango street is about a girl growing up while moving to many places due to financial issues and ends up in a small house on mango street and dislikes it there. the book was really entertaining and fun and I totally recommend it to whoever wants to read it. but I think it was harder for me to understand because the main character is a woman and is going to her puberty and hardships of a woman and I don't relate to that because I am a male, not a female.

zethayala said...
on Jun. 30 at 8:55 pm
zethayala, Phelan, California
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The house on mango street by cisneros it is a very good book. It is a very good book it is about a young girl named Esperanza that was growing up poor in Chicago. But she did not care even though it was hard for her and her family. I would recommend reading this book

on May. 2 at 5:26 pm
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House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros was a good book, the plot was a little hard to figure out because of the way they wrote the chapters. This book is about a young girl named Esperanza who lives in a house on Mango st. She has siblings, but her mom wants to move because of there house. I believe its a good book to read if your looking for a good just a book to read.

Phantom19 said...
on Apr. 30 at 2:52 pm
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros was a good book in all, but I couldn't grasp the plot because of how the chapters were written. The book is about a girl named Esperanza who lives in a house on mango st. Pretty self explanatory.I thought the book itself was a good poetry book but not as a story. My personal opinion is that you shouldn't read the book if you're looking for a good story.

debrannap23 said...
on Apr. 30 at 2:30 pm
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the house on mango street is a good book in my opinion.This book is about a teenage girl named Esperanza and how her and her siblings and other members of her family help each other.The story takes place in her neighborhood where she meets her friends.Also in my opinion I think you should avoid the book because there’s more books that are similar to this story,that includes thes some plot and purpose of the story. It’s more so like a remix of other books.

on Apr. 10 at 3:01 am
ChristianC14 BRONZE, Victorville, California
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The book the house on mango street by Sandra Cisneros people should not read this in my opinion. Its about esperanza and her family they all love Each other and help one another through struggles. I didn't like that it copies the book esperanza maybe its the same author im not sure but I did like esperanza better. Avoid this book and go read esperanza.

on Apr. 10 at 2:53 am
ChristianC14 BRONZE, Victorville, California
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This was a good book and trust me in not the most fond of books

on Mar. 21 at 5:08 pm
AsenathRose GOLD, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
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Favorite Quote:
"Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me,"-Shakespeare

I love this book. However, I never quite grasped the WHOLE thing being about women in suffering, i felt the magic of the ook was mainly based in a common location, and the beauty of it. The mysterious ending will never let me be satisfied.

on Mar. 15 at 12:35 pm
marianaterrazas21, San Bernardino, California
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The book the House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros is a great book and i completely believe it's a great book to read. The book is about a young girl named Esperanza who improves in homes to the house on mango street. Esperanza, the main character feels that she does not belong with her family. She feels out of place because of her dreams to move from mango street and escape a world where men and husbands dominate and abuse women for example: "And the story goes she never forgave him. She looked out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow. I wonder if she made the best with what she got or was she sorry because she couldn't be all the things she wanted to be. Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don't want to inherit her place by the window." Chapter 4, pg. 11. She Learns that she doesn't want to end up like her grandmother and many other women on Mango street. She learns about poverty “ I knew then I had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to. But this isn't it. The house on Mango Street isn't it. For the time being, Mama says. Temporary, says Papa. But I know how those things go." Chapter 1, pg. 5 and racism for example : "All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight. Yeah. That is how it goes and goes." Chapter 12, pg. 28 throughout the book alongside her family and a couple friends. At the end of the book Esperanza realizes that she will leave but she will return for those who can't leave that easy and be successful “"I put it down on paper and then the ghost does not ache so much. I write it down and Mango says goodbye sometimes. She does not hold me with both arms. She sets me free. 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." Chapter 44, pg. 110 I think this book is great because it's not fantacy it shows some of the struggles growing up in a poor environment and growing up with a different race is and it shows what growing up is in her eyes.

on Feb. 22 at 5:36 pm
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"The House On Mango Street"by Sandra Cisneros is a real world situation that is inspiring and helpful. The book House On Mango Street is about a girl named Esperanza who had a wonder life before until her parents won the lottery and everything went down hill from there. They have a home that is big and have their own back yard and nobody tells them nothing and live with there family. But the bad news is that is old and makes a creek noise every time someone walks in the basement. Also she lives in a bad part of the the city like the ghetto side. Esperanza has three sisters and she is the oldest. Her father is very hard working and realizes on her to teach her sisters right."Because I am the oldest, my father has told me first, and now it is my turn to tell the others. I will have to explain why we can't play. I will have to tell them to be quiet today." She wants to be all grown up fast and get married before she is an adult (before 18). I found interesting Sally, Esperanza cousin. Sally she is so trustworthy and so educated and cares for everyone. Even though she lost her mother she still is good and does good things and acts all grown up. Some things that stood out to me is that the specific details and how the story is put out the text. Its really like how the story is told by a girl and how she describes everyone and the setting its feels like I am actually there with her. I like that the story gives us questions that we should ask ourselves and keeps us open about that. I think that you should read the story its so inspiring and will help you if you don't have stuff like others and can't afford stuff.

nich23 said...
on Jan. 16 at 11:56 am
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“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros is a great book with a lot of life lessons and details that will draw you in with every page. The book is about a girl named Esperanza who grows up and deals with in what we call today the projects, or the ghetto. She is embarrassed about the setting of her early years and is eager to grow up and leave Mango Street. Also, she navigates through changes and relationships and boys. She meets a lot of strange faces and familiar faces, but they are all unique and different. Some of the characters that I found interesting are Sally, Nenny, and Louie and his cousin. I found Sally interesting because of how young she is and how quick she is to grow up. She wants to be an adult so fast that she gets married before she is even 18. Nenny I found interesting because of immaturity and mission to enjoy life. I also admire he ability to not care what people think of her, of course she is still young, but it is till a valuable quality to have. Louie’s cousin interests me because of his lack of care for authority. I can relate to him because I too had a problem obeying the law and listening to authority so, of course, he stuck out to me. What I liked about this book is the writing style. It is not a book that you can just breeze through, you have to focus on each word and absorb each sentence to get the full effect of the writing. I also like the random pop up of characters. I feel that it gives a background to the story and makes it more realistic. For example, in the chapter titled The Family of Little Feet, it talks about a random of family that gave Esperanza and her friend a couple pair of shoes. “There was a family. All were little.” This quote portrays the random and warm feeling of this family with little feet. In conclusion, with the setting and life lessons, vast variety of characters, careful writing style, and attention to detail, I recommend anyone and everyone to read and experience The House of Mango Street

shylygarcia said...
on Jan. 10 at 2:24 pm
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The house on mango street is a very good book to read if you like reading about peoples lives and the struggles they go through. The story is about a girl who struggles in a poor neighborhood that she cant get out of. In my opinion I think this is a really good book because It´s interesting to read about someones hard time in life and how she overcame that. If your looking for a book to read I would recommend this one because this book it´s a interesting book to read and it keeps you from putting the book down

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