The House On Mango Street (Summary + Analysis)

The House On Mango Street is a book written by Sandra Cisneros in 1984. The novel follows twelve-year-old Esperanza as she moves into a new house on Mango Street. The book opens with Esperanza remembering the street names of each of her homes, she then proceeds to talk about how she doesn't like her house on Mango Street. She also imagines her ideal house which involves a great big yard, as well as many rooms, and the house would be white. She mentions the new house being temporary, and for the time being.

After moving into the house, Esperanza quickly makes new friends, Rachel and Lucy. Rachel, Lucy, Esperanza, and Esperanza's little sister, Nenny, have many adventures in the neighborhood. They ride on bikes, explore nearby junk stores, and play double dutch (jump roping). They listen to stories about how a boy will come to get you one day from a girl named Marin. During one particular adventure involving high heels, Esperanza catches the attention of many boys and older men. She suddenly starts liking it when all the boys watch her dance, and she loves dreaming about them. When Esperanza goes to her first job, she is stopped on the way by an older man who asks her for a kiss. She goes to peck him on the cheek, but he turns his head and kisses her on the lips. Esperanza befriends Sally, a girl who is her age but is more sexually mature. Esperanza is not very comfortable with Sally's sexual experiences. Their friendship quickly falls when Sally leaves Esperanza alone with a group of boys who sexually assault her.

The book ends with Esperanza realizing that Mango Street will always be a part of her. By the end of the year, Esperanza remains of Mango Street but she grew both sexually, mentally, and physically. She realizes that writing her thoughts not only serves as an escape from her emotions, but they are an escape from reality as well.

About this book: The House On Mango Street is a series of vignettes, which follows a year in the life of Esperanza, a twelve-year-old girl, who lives in a small neighborhood in Chicago. It is a coming-of-age novel and is an eye-opening read.

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