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In the book The House on Mango Street author Sandra Cisneros presents a series of vignettes that involve a young girl named Esperanza growing up in the Latino section of Chicago Esperanza Cordero is searching for a release from the low expectations and restrictions that Latino society often imposes on its young women Cisneros draws on her own background to supply the reader with accurate views of Latino society today In particular Cisneros provides the chapters Boys and Girls and Beautiful and Cruel to portray Esperanzas stages of growth from a questioning and curious girl to an independent woman Altogether Boys and Girls is not like Beautiful and Cruel because Cisneros reveals two different maturity levels in Esperanza one of a wavering confidence with the potential to declare her independence and the other a personal awareness of her own actions and the decision to take action and wage her own quiet war Cisneros 89 Author Sandra Cisneros was born in 1954 in the Latino section of Chicago Encarta 1 Cisneros is an American novelist short-story writer essayist and poet Encarta 1 Her works have brought the perspective of the Mexican American woman into the mainstream of literary feminism Encarta 1 She earned her Bachelors Degree from Loyola University in 1976 and her Masters Degree from the University of Iowa in 1978 Encarta 1 The House on Mango Street is Cisneros first novel and is her most critically acclaimed Encarta 1 The novel is constructed with a series of short interconnected chapters Encarta 1 Cisneros writes of the hopes desires and disillusionments of a young writer growing up in a large city Encarta 1 After reading The House on Mango Street the reader is left with a greater sense of the everyday oppressions the roles created for women in Hispanic society Encarta 1 Cisneros decides to accept the oppression as part of culture but also d etach from this view by telling women old
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