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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a book that covers many bases that take place in the lives of many It is about a young girl Esperanza growing up in a poverty stricken neighborhood The book is filled with many different themes that people experience every day A major theme that the book deals with is coming of age Growing up Esperanza the main character grew up in a very low class She has moved many times and lived in the most run down places In one instance she recounts a tale of being asked to identify her house when a nun from her school passed by and interrupted her play The mortification she felt from having to point to the apartment over a laundromat with peeling paint and barred windows and admit she lived there scarred her And it was not helped any when the nun rudly replied You live there Esperanza has been made to be bitter of her surroundings and ashamed of her place in life Esperanza also deals with all the problems that children face Like feelings of being rejected and being an outcast Her status of waiting for a best friend as being a red balloon tied to an anchor She is isolated alone visibly different and raised high for all to see Esperanza longs to escape She needs a true friend to come and set her free Another theme is Social Class Differences Esperanza has gotten the lower end of the stick in life and she knows it She hates it too She hates all the houses that hes lived in The hates the lack of privacy she has And she hates the fact that people in higher classes look down on her so much A lot of the book revloves around her need to have a place of her own free from the constraints she finds both inside and outside her present
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