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Story Review and Test Prep

³The House on Mango Street´ by Sandra Cisneros

Materials Needed: Lined paper (1+ sheets) Pen/Pencil Notes & Novel (Vignette ± ³Beautiful & Cruel´ Motivation and desire to succeed!

Symbolism Video

Sandra Cisneros: Discussion of ³The House on Mango Street´

Sandra Cisneros reads: Beautiful and Cruel

³The House on Mango Street´ Vocabulary 

Study the vocabulary list I provided.

Symbolism & Allegory Review 

Study your notes on symbolism and allegory.

Character Map: ³The House on Mango Street´

Themes in ³The House on Mango Street´ 

The Power of Language 



What happens to the people who cannot speak English well? (Esperanza¶s father, Mamacita) How does writing help Esperanza to feel free? How does it give her power?

Themes in ³The House on Mango Street´ 

The Struggle for Self-Definition 



How does Esperanza try to find her own identity? (Changing her name, etc) Why does Esperanza want to be ³beautiful and cruel´? Why/when does she change her mind about wanting to be ³beautiful and cruel´? Esperanza¶s struggle to set herself apart from the people in the neighborhood. 

Themes in ³The House on Mango Street´ 

Sexuality vs. Autonomy 

Esperanza¶s struggle between being sexually aware and being child-like and independent.

Themes in ³The House on Mango Street´ 

Women¶s Unfulfilled Responsibilities to one another. 

 

Think about the isolation women faced in the vignettes. How does Esperanza feel greater responsibility for the women in her neighborhood as she matures? Who does Esperanza blame for her assault and why?

Themes in ³The House on Mango Street´ 
 
The importance of names. How falling represents the constant threat of failure or injury (Angel Vargas and Meme). Women by windows, who are trapped by their husbands. Can¶t communicate, etc. but they don¶t complain.

Symbols in ³The House on Mango Street´ 

Shoes: Invoke images of sex and adult femininity. (1st pair of shoes given to Esperanza, Lucy, and Rachel; Sally¶s shoes; Esperanza¶s brown saddle shoes) Trees: Represent resilience and independence. The trees in Esperanza¶s yard ³understood each other´. They didn¶t belong in the neighborhood, same as Esperanza. Meme jumped from the tree. Poetry: Emphasize the importance of language. The women make their lives better by using beautiful poetic descriptions.  

The End!

Make sure you study for the test tomorrow!