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Similarities in the Aspirations and Struggles in the Youth in The House on Mango Street and The Women of Brewster Place As children grow into young adults they face the most predominant times of turbulence of their lives Children are exposed more and more to domestic violence death and racism while dealing with their own sexuality creativity and relationships as they grow older These young people have dreams and during this period of time is where they make them become a reality During this period in their lives is also where the separation from the parent or parents and rebellion against authority is seen Yet some do not rebel or separate from the parents entirely For the poor young people in Brewster Place and Mango Street reality is harsh They all live in poverty therefore their families struggle with the hardships of the poor in large cities Cisneros and Naylor both illustrate the hardships and changes the young people go through as well as the struggles they face in reaching their goals Many of the characters were similar in the way they carried on their lives and in their hopes and dreams In contrasting The Women of Brewster Place and The House on Mango Street no two characters share similar experiences yet have completely different qualities at the same time as CC Baker and Esperanza Esperanza has a dream of her family someday having a house all their own consequently she wants somewhere safe and luxurious to live She is growing as an artist at this time and is beginning to write poetry Esperanza lives in a patriarchal society just like those in Brewster She is just entering puberty and her sexual relations with men begin to appear in the development of her artistic side She needs a secure place that would allow her to express herself without opening up to sexual behavior She does though and is raped in the process This is
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