Esperanza describes her name as "a murky tint" in Chapter 4, "My Name" (10). These two lines are also instances of imagery since they employ sensory elements to explain Esperanza's name, such as the sound and feel of tin and the softer feel of silver.
In addition to describing her name as "tinted," Esperanza also uses visual images to explain other aspects of her life. For example, when she first arrives in Miami, she sees "black people" and thinks that they are "the end of the world" (11). Later, when Pedro asks her why she doesn't go to church, she replies that she does not want to see people who are "like herself" there because it would make her feel even more alone than she already does (12). In both cases, Esperanza uses images to explain how black people and churches make her feel.
Furthermore, images are used by other characters in the story to describe various events that happen during their time in Miami. For example, when Esperanza goes to the market to buy food for dinner, she sees "old white men" sitting in chairs outside their houses eating ice cream and thinks that they are living in another world, too good for her (13). Later, when Pedro takes Esperanza to a dance, she sees young black men and women dancing together and believes that they are lovers since blacks and whites should not be together (14).
Then Esperanza recognizes that Mango Street represents her origin; that is, here is where she grew up, and it is what defines her. "But I won't forget who I am or where I come from," she ultimately resolves (clause 11). This shows that even though Esperanza was born into a poor family, she is not defined by this fact but rather she uses it to rise above her circumstances.
Esperanza also realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she cannot erase her past sins. Even though she has done many good things in her life, such as going to school and working at a grocery store, she knows she will always be known as the daughter of a criminal because of this story tells us about her birth mother's actions when she found out she was pregnant. As you can see, their relationship was very short-lived and there was no way Esperanza could have expected this news to affect her so deeply. But despite this dark history, Esperanza chooses light over darkness and keeps her true identity secret for many years. This shows that even though you may come from bad circumstances, you can still choose goodness over evil.
Finally, Esperanza realizes that she cannot hide from her past forever and decides to live her life now so that future generations will know her name. This shows that even though you may come from difficult circumstances, you can still leave your mark on this world by being positive and helping others.
The tone of the novel is heavily impacted by Esperanza's mood, and the mood of the story is uneven to mirror Esperanza's emotional fluctuations. When she's cheerful, like in "Our Good Day," the mood is lighthearted, comfortable, and carefree. When she is scared or hurt, like in "Red Clowns," her mood reflects it. These are some examples of how the mood affects the plot: when Esperanza is happy, she likes to dance at night with Pedro on their street corner; but when she is sad, she doesn't want to leave her room.
Mango Street is a very lively street in downtown San Francisco. The houses on Mango Street are always full of life, people are constantly going in and out of them, and you can hear music coming from some rooms. This shows that there is a lot of activity on this street and it is a place where everyone can let their hair down and have a good time.
In conclusion, the mood of the house on Mango Street is fun, lively, and free-spirited.
The topic of "Hairs" is family; the contrasts in Esperanza's family as demonstrated by their hair; and the particular role her mother has as the family's core. Hairs can be a symbol of protection or destruction, life or death. In this story, they are both.
Esperanza has two types of hairs: one on her head and another one on her legs. The father says that his daughter has more damage than most women because she works with chemicals at the factory. Even though her job is not dangerous, it can still cause her pain and discomfort. She also has broken hairs from running her hands through her hair when she was frustrated.
The mother doesn't have any hairs on her head but she has many on her back. This shows that she is the core of the family and she takes care of everyone else first before herself. Her strength and willpower help all of her children get out of poverty and keep them that way even after they become adults.
The son has black hairs everywhere except on his head where there are no hairs at all. This shows that he is the least protected or responsible member of the family. He ignores those who care about him and goes after what he wants independently without considering the consequences.
Esperanza. The novel's protagonist and narrator is a twelve-year-old Chicana (Mexican-American girl). Esperanza is an aspiring writer who longs for her own house. The House on Mango Street follows her through a year of emotional and sexual maturation.
Esperanza was written by Sandra Cisneros. It was published in 1994. The book has since been translated into several languages.
Esperanza won the Newbery Medal, awarded annually by the children's literature organization, the National Center for Children's Literature. It was the first Latino author to win this award.
The House on Mango Street received positive reviews from critics who called it a beautiful depiction of childhood. Some also compared it to Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield because both novels follow their protagonists as they grow up.
David W. Brown wrote that Esperanza "is a remarkable achievement for any writer, but especially for a young one". He continued by saying that Cisneros had succeeded in creating a vivid portrait of Latino life in Los Angeles during the 1980s. The New York Times called it a "sensitively drawn portrait" of adolescence in L.A.
Cisneros herself said she wanted to write a book for young people that would make them feel like adults even though they're not yet born.