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The Color Of Shame Colors can portray many things and set certain moods Yellow can mean happiness and cheerfulness while blue is a calming and relaxing color It depends on how the color is used For example yellow can also be used as a sign of caution Sandra Cisneros uses the color red in many of her metaphors to emphasize a sense of shame and regret Cisneross character Esperanza greatly dislikes her house on Mango Street and is ashamed of it She wanted a nice white house with her own stair and bathroom But the house on Mango Street is not the way they told it at all Its small and red with tight steps in the front4 When Esperanza is forced to point out her house she always feel embarrassed and ashamed of it The way she said it made me feel like nothing 5 The fact that the house is the bright bold color red helps point out that it is something Esperanza dislikes and is ashamed of Esperanza is also ashamed of the day when her Lucy and Rachael try on the high heels The shoes make Esperanza feel grown up but help her realize she is not ready to handle what consequences they bring Feeling full of shame and regret the girls hide the red yellow and blue shoes until one Tuesday her mother who is very clean throws them away but no one complains 42 Esperanza is happy the shoes are gone and want to forget their foolish actions Once again an area of shame in Esperanzas life is remembered with the color red One of the most traumatic events Esperanza endured was next to the tilt a whirl near the red clowns She is left alone and forced upon by some boys She feels betrayed and lost Youre a liar They all lied All the books and magazines everything that told it wrong 100 She is unable to
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