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Esperanzas dream world is an accumulation of hopes and dreams of independence due to a childhood plagued with poverty and family frustrations In The House on Mango Street Esperanza dreams of having a place all her own one whose simply dcor would reflect her as a person She is not struggling against her economic depression but rather her lack of independence Esperanzas need for a home is very much related to her economic situation her dreams for and frustrations towards her family and her need to have a place of her own free from the constraints she finds both inside and outside her present habitation When describing her house Esperanzas thoughts reflect her disturbed and turbulent emotions that she is experiencing A description of her new house helps the reader understand the narrators shame and understand the severity of her disappointment Its small and red with tight steps in front and the windows so small youd think they were holding their breath Bricks are crumbling in places and the front door is so swollen you have to push hard to get in Her personification of the house reveals how crucial the issue of a home is to the narrator It as if the house has an agency of its own and is blocking Esperanzas path to happiness in a place of her own Another reference to her dissatisfaction with her living conditions lies in the conversation between the nun and Esperanza Where do you live She asked There I said pointing up to the third floor You live there I live there I nodded The short of question and answer adds a tone of tension to the dialogue The repetition of the word live alludes to the overall theme of home and the nun provides an unintentional verbal beating to her Esperanza allows the reader to see the poverty that runs though Mango Street through her sharp perception through detail and dialogue Esperanzas ideal
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