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In The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros the author has efficiently placedsuperior symbols throughout the novel and if a reader thoroughly combs through eachpage symbols become apparently noticeable Primarily Mamas hair represents beautyand comfort In addition women represent captivity and wasted dreams Lastly Cathythe queen of cats exemplifies hopeful imagination and the upper class All three of thesethemes are used in the book to point to the novels main idea growing up in the povertyMamas hair is used to describe Esperanzas feeling of contentment and beautytowards her mother Early in the book specifically the chapter named Hair Mamashair is described as sweet to put your nose into when she is holding you holding youand you feel safe Giving you the impression that her mothers hair is comforting to benear In the ghastly neighborhood that Esperanza has grown up in she has found onecomforting place to be While knowing this Cisneros is subconsciously telling us sheloves her mother and feels safe while she is near her while never directly saying I lovemy mom and feel incredibly safe when Im near her Esperanza also finds her mothershair beautifulmy mothers hair my mothers hair like little rosettes like little candycircles all curly and pretty She has portrayed her mother as a beautiful lady Esperanza has a habit of making judgments on everybody in the book showing the readerwhat is wrong with them But not her mother To Esperanza her mother is almost holythe most natural breathtaking lady on the block She stands for the one little flowergrowing amongst an acre of weeds the only diamond in a barrel full of pebblesWomen have played a big part in the symbolic meaning of captivity and wasteddreams Women in this neighborhood are treated very poorly Locked up in their housewith no other options but cleaning cooking and taking abuse from husbands may it beverbal pyscological or physical Esperanza I have inherited her name but I dont wantto inherit
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