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Womens need for male support and their husbands constant degradation of them was a recurring theme in the book House on Mango Street Many of Esperanzas stories were about womens dreams of marrying the perfect husband and having the perfect family and home Sally Rafaela and Minerva are women who gave me the impression of damsels in distressCLICH its ok though Its relevant They wished for a man to sweep them of their feet and rescue them from their present misery These characters are inspiring and strong but they are unable to escape the repression of the surrounding environment Cisneros presents a rigid world in which they lived in and left them no other hope but to get married Esperanza however is a very tough girl who knows what she wants She will keep dreaming and striving until she gets it She says I am too strong for her Mango Street to keep me here 110 Esperanza learned from all of these women that she was not going to be tied down She said I have decided not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain 88 Especially after seeing that Sally was suffering so much Sallys father is making her want to leave home by beating her Sally said her mother rubs lard on the places were it hurts 93 There is not enough lard in the world to be able to cure the pain within Sallys heart Sally met a marshmallow salesman at a school bazaar 101 Pretty soon sally got married she has her house now her pillowcases and her plates 101 Her marriage seems to free her from her father but in reality she has now stepped into a world of misery This was supposed to help her heal she says she is in love but I think she did it to escape 101 Unlike the other
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