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Introduction Sandra Cisneross novel titled The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero through a series of short chapters depicting various fictional thoughts life experiences and observations of people from the main characters point of view Each account is written in a unique style an informal matter as if the author were telling a story to a group of people As one reads her work one gets the feeling almost as if they are being read a story aloud I personally found some parts of the story to be comical while others were moving and emotional The setting of the story is a poor Hispanic neighborhood in Chicago Judging from the cars people drive it is probably the 1960s The neighborhood is very close-knit full of immigrants who dont speak English well and rarely leave the area Characters Main Character Esperanza Esperanza is probably around 12 years old She is Mexican- American She has just moved to Mango Street and the entire book is about her reactions to the people and things around her and the way those shape her as she matures over a period of one year Minor Characters Nenny Esperanzas younger sister Esperanza cares for Nenny though she also finds her annoying because of her innocence and childish ways They have the closest relationship of any of the other characters Lucy and Rachel Sisters who are always together and dont care much what other people think of them and for this Esperanza admires them Together the girls have many adventures Mrs Cordero Esperanzas mother who feels disappointed in herself for not continuing with her education because she feels she could have made more of her life She doesnt want her children to make the same mistake Sally Esperanza admires her She is beautiful flirty and exotic Style and Technique To fully understand Cisneross distinctive style of writing one would have to sample a passage for them selves
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