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Explication of Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros’ story The House on Mango Street is a classic example of a family living in poverty with the aspirations of living a more lucrative lifestyle. The parents have discussed their desires to their children to become successful and live in what is considered by them to be their “perfect home.” The story is told through the narration of a little girl that is one of four children living in the home with her parents. In analyzing this story I will describe the piece in detail as well as investigate the author’s thought and meaning. The story starts out with the little girl discussing how the family had not always lived in the house they now lived in on Mango Street. She talks of other streets they had lived on before and says, “But what I remember most is moving a lot.” It seems as though the tone of the girl is somewhat disappointed in the living situation. While disappointment shines through as the underlying meaning, the very first line, “We haven’t always lived on Mango Street,” makes the girl seem as though she feels the house they live in now is much better than any previous home. This leads the reader to believe the girl is somewhat unhappy as well as content at the same time. The girl begins the second paragraph somewhat praising the house on Mango Street. It is mentioned how they no longer have to deal with such nuisances of living in a crummy neighborhood or paying rent, due to the fact that they own the house. The paragraph ends with the girl saying, “But even so, it’s not the house we’d thought we’d get.” This leads the reader to believe that the family has expected something more in the home they live in, yet seem somewhat content with the situation. As the story carries on, the girl mentions some of the problems the family had to put up with when living in their house just before the one on Mango Street. The tone of the story is very negative as the family explains the p...

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