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The Symbolism of The House on Mango Street In The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros addresses and develops the themes of assimilation of the Chicano into American society stereotypes and the treatment of the Chicana within her culture These themes are brought out through the experiences of Esperanza a young Chicana character The American society has tried to make the Chicano fir into its culture and make him follow its way of doing things The Chicano has also voluntarily tried to assimilate because of the negative attitudes towards him and his culture There are several problems with assimilation for the Chicano based on cultural differences The main difference is that Latin cultures are more spiritualistic and the US are more materialistic in nature Stereotypical images of the Chicano have developed These shed a negative light onto this minority group For instance many times the Chicano is portrayed as lazy or evil Stereotypes such as these have made it difficult for Chicano to succeed in this capitalistic society The Chicana has had an especially difficult time because of her status as a minority woman The old traditional role in Mexican culture has also served to oppress these women These themes are intertwined throughout Cisneros novel One was Cisneros brings out the theme of assimilation in The House on Mango Street is through the concept of the American Dream The dream is to own a home It is a symbol of success in a materialistic world Esperanza the main character expresses this desire in A House of My Own pg 108 Esperanza and her family like a large portion of the Chicano minority live in a barrio Her family had lived in several other places and had felt the pain of poverty We had to leave the flat on Loomis quick The water pipes broke and the landlord wouldnt fix them because the house was too
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