Women in “The House on Mango Street”

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A female is not weak nor fragile, she is strong and all she needs is a little bit of love. In the novella The House on Mango Street Cisneros uses the motif trapped. Most of the females in The House On Mango Street feel imprisoned by the ones they love most and restricted from living their own life.

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This is shown in the vignettes Sally, What Sally Said, Marin and Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays. She uses the vignettes to prove that the theme is no female should be trapped, hurt, or told what to do just to please a male.

Sally was once the beautiful popular girl that every girl wanted to be, and every boy wanted, but no Sally is nothing more than a broken soul. Esperanza notices that Sally is not the girl from yesterday. sally [does not] laugh… look[s] at her feet and walks to the house [she] cannot come out from (Cisneros 82). This shows that Sally is being emotionally and physically trapped by her own father. When sally goes over to Esperanza house and tells her that her dad saw her with a boy, he just went crazy, he forgot he was her father between the buckle and the belt (Cisneros 93), Her own father gets so mad that he just beats without feeling any remorse. Cisneros shows that the motif trapped in sally vignettes by the cycle of abuse.

Marin is just a girl waiting for a miracle to happen to free her from her problems. Marin boyfriend lives in Puerto Rico and they are going to get married when she is back in Puerto Rico she says he [does not] [have] a job yet (Cisneros 26) even though she is the one earning money and saving it for them both.

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