Discuss the narrative voice and technique of The House on Mango Street.
I. Thesis Statement: In The House on Mango Street, Cisneros employs a unique narrative voice and technique that effectively reflects the theme of the novel.
II. Esperanza as the narrative voice
A. Simple vocabulary
B. Bilingual—use of Spanish terms and code switching
C. Poetic use of language
III. Structure of the novel
C. Cumulative effect of vignettes
D. Circular structure
Discuss The House on Mango Street as a feminist work of literature.
I. Thesis Statement: The House on Mango Street is a novel that expresses many feminist ideals.
A. Definition of feminism
B. Feminism vs. machismo
III. Women denied equality and independence in The House on Mango Street
A. Women denied physical freedom
B. Women denied sexual equality
C. Women denied educational equality
D. Women denied opportunity to determine identity and place
Discuss the symbolism of the house in The House on Mango Street.
I. Thesis Statement: In The House on Mango Street, the house is the most important symbol.
II. A “real” house vs. house on Mango Street
III. House as physical space
IV. House as a metaphor for the self
A. Home in the heart
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- The "Dual"-ing Images of la Malinche and la Virgen de Guadalupe in Cisneros's The House on Mango Street
- This essay discusses how Cisneros handles the dualing archetypes present in theMexican psyche: that of the woman who has kept her virginity and that of the one who has lost it
- Contains: Content Analysis
- Author: Leslie Petty
- From:MELUS Summer, 2000
- Reading the Neighborhood: Community as Text in The House on Mango Street
- "To read Patrocinio Schweickart's "Toward a Feminist Theory of Reading" along with Sandra Cisnero's The House on Mango Street is to extend "text" to community. For example, Esperanza, the narrator, can "read" the neighborhood in a manner similar to Schweickart's reader reading a literary text. Esperanza and some other women in the book took control of their experience, while others were manipulated by traditional neighborhood values. This paper is an exploration of extending the notion of text to community, specifically the Mango Street neighborhood that Esperanza "reads" and interprets."
- Author: Nancy Zuercher
- From:Women in Literature and Life Assembly Vol. 6 Fall 1997
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