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In The House On Mango Street Esperanza reveals personal experiences through which the reader is able to determine what kind of person she is her views on life how she views herself as well as how her poverty affects her view of life her view of her future and how her poverty currently affects her place in the world The vignettes show different aspects of Esperanzas identity as it evolves and changes progressively throughout The House On Mango Street Esperanzas identity as divulged in the vignettes is multifaceted Her shyness is evident when she is around people who are unfamiliar to her This is most likely due to the intimidation these people pose For example in the vignettes The First Job and A Rice Sandwich Esperanza is too shy to eat with her other co-workers and peers as shown in the following quotation from The First Job When lunch time came I was scared to eat alone in the company lunchroom Another dominant feature in Esperanzas personality is the trust she has in others This is one of Esperanzas weaknesses as an individual because it allows her to be gullible and vulnerable In Cathy Queen of Cats Esperanzas gullibility is obvious when Cathy tells Esperanza that her father will have to fly to France one day and find hercousinand inherit the family house How do I know this is so She told me so Another error in trusting others is that Esperanza is susceptible to betrayal In Red Clowns Esperanza is betrayed by Sally because Sally told Esperanza that the circus would be a fun experience but instead she was raped Esperanza blames Sally the magazines and the movies for lying to her about the circus Esperanza is a very idealistic person She assumes everything is pretty and fun but when she finds out the acrimonious reality of life she becomes disappointed and deems herself stupid for not knowing better Unbeknownst to Esperanza her
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