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"The House on Mango Street"
A good comprehension of a text is a critical requirement when seeking to conduct a
literal analysis of the material. The book must also be captivating and addressing issues that a
scholar perceives to be interesting to ensure that one is thoroughly engaged in the process. The
work selected for this analysis is Sandra Cisneros’ "The House on Mango Street."
Why the book?
The "The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros is an excellent and exciting read.
There are several things that drew me to this book, and that made it an obvious choice for the
analysis. These include the fact that the story is a blend of deeply profound and sometimes funny
short stories. This story about growing up and coming to grips with one identity is inspiring and
challenging at the same time. The short vignettes used to narrate Esperanza’s story makes an
exciting and thoughtful read. The story also drew me because it gave a platform for women in
society and shared the challenges they face. It tells of their poverty, dreams, and aspirations, the
harsh realities and fates faced as ethnic minorities.
Another critical facet that drew me to the book is that it’s an easy read that one can
manage to go through in a single sitting making it possible to give an informed analysis of the
tales and the themes it so richly presents
What are potential research areas?
A review of Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” shows that there are numerous areas
that have a potential for research. These include the themes that are presented in the text, such as
identity, poverty, challenges of minority groups, feminism, domestic violence, gender issues, and
Another potential area of research is the literal devices that have been adopted by the
author as she pens down her story. These are the elements that enrich the story and make it an
interesting read that it is. All these represent potential areas that a scholar can venture into and
develop an excellent paper.
What are the Ideas from Research?
An assessment of research on Cisneros’ “The House on Mango Street” has revealed
several ideas and themes which are prevalent, and which align with my research. These include
the struggle of dual identity, specifically the minority Mexican community living within the US
(Betz, 2012; Saber, 2013). The other major theme is racial prejudice that is faced by these
minorities from white members of the community (Olivares, 2005).
The theme of feminism has also risen as Cisneros represents various female characters
that seem to be trapped in their situations and struggle (Doyle, 1994). Another critical idea is the
issue of language with the book mixing English and Spanish phrases.
The theme of identity also features as Esperanza seeks to establish her identity in a home
and community environment plagued with poverty, immigrant issues (Martin, 2008) and other
struggles that face minority communities.
What are the potential areas for further study?
After undertaking a review of current research on this piece of literature, further research
is essential to address some of the themes in the text that have not to receive significant attention,
such as domestic violence, poverty, social evils, struggles of minority groups, and so forth. It
will also be necessary to undertake a comprehensive study of themes that have been covered
previously such as identity
Which materials will be necessary?
When conducting the research, the sources that will be sought are those that take an indepth look at the work of Sandra Cisneros in “The House on Mango Street” as well as the author
in general. These sources will help to shed more information on the selected issue as well as
provide a background on the author that will make it possible to comprehend the text more
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Doyle, J. (1994). More Room of Her Own: Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street.
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Martin, K. (2008). The House (of Memory) on Mango Street: Sandra Cisneros's Counter-Poetics
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Olivares, J. (2005). Entering The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros). In T. Burns & J. W.
Hunter (Eds.), Contemporary Literary Criticism (Vol. 193). Detroit, MI: Gale. (Reprinted
from Teaching American Ethnic Literatures: Nineteen Essays, pp. 209-235, by J. R.
Maitino & D. R. Peck, Eds., 1996, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press)
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Saber, Y. (2013). The Charged Strolls of the Brown Flâneuse in Sandra Cisneros's "The House on
Mango Street". Pacific Coast Philology, 48(1), 69-87. Retrieved April 15, 2020, from
Sarbanes, J. (2020). An overview of The House on Mango Street. In Literature Resource Center.
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