It tells us that Esperanza wants to make a change in this world and wants to be remembered when she dies. Four beautiful things in a world now ugly, covered in evil. So, she made Esperanza go to the window and point to her house. Growing Up in Poverty In the novel, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, a young confused girl has trouble finding herself as she grows up in the Latino section of Chicago. After sharing responses as a whole class, I direct their attention to the question at the bottom of their handout and ask them to write a one-two sentence response to it. At school they say my name funny as if the syllables were made out of tin and hurt the roof of your mouth.
The smell of the salty spray from the branches of the seaside pine. For instance, many times the Chicano is portrayed as lazy or evil. Skinny necks and pionty elbows like hers. The way she describes them grabbing and trying to get ahold of something show how she is trying to get a grip herself. Esperanza identifies with the trees because she feels they are both misplaced on Mango street. Keep, keep, keep, trees say when I sleep. They just want to be and be kept.
. She explains that moving to their new home on Mango Street was nothing out of the ordinary. These shed a negative light onto this minority group. Esperanza says that they are the only things that understand her, and she is the only one that understands them. They are tall, thin, and have pointy elbows, just like her.
Esperanza feels she is too strong to live on. She dreams of the perfect home, with beautiful flowers and a room for everyone. Overall, the power of a name is as ancient as its meaning. Four raggedy excuses planted by the city. Just like that, as if she were a fancy chandelier. Four whose only reason is to be and be.
Three of the most prominent themes introduced in the first chapters are struggling to find true identity, the unfairness of gender roles, and society and class. In the society of today, discrimination and other similar ideas are not suppressed so that they are free to roam our cities, states, countries, and finally the whole world. The motivation to use Shakur's poem stems from the desire to move the use of personification into a realm that might appeal to even more of my students, to see a contemporary if not cool and hip application of the strategy in order to widen its appeal. Your purpose might not be the gretest but thats why you are here. If the trees were to be cut down all of them would fall together. That when Esperanza is having a bad day to think about the trees and to forget everything and do care about the trees. They are two trees who aren't supposed to be there but are still put there.
Where he can stand hardy and outlast the rest, a symbol of hope, like the glow of a candle in a dark room. But, Esperanza wanted to feel special like the other kids, so she convinced her mother to write a note to the nun in charge giving her permission to eat in the school canteen. The old traditional role in Mexican culture has also served to oppress these women. Finally, with these two samples to consult for inspiration, I direct my students' attention to their homework assignment, printed below Shakur's poem, where they are asked to write about something in their home or in their neighborhood that symbolizes them. Maybe the world can be different. Quotes Explain the significance of the following quotes.
Someday I will have a best friend all my own. One day ill jump out of my skin. The voice of the four skinny trees. She is getting stronger and is also able recognize her own growing strength. She wants to separate herself from her parents and her younger sister in order to create her own life.
They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. Theme: The trees have big roots that grab the earth. Trees, for instance, are one of the many things of nature that compares to family. She feels her life would be better if she lived somewhere else. She is a shy, but very bright girl. I explain to my students that the result of the repeated use of personification is a vignette that functions as an extended metaphor. Theme That it's kind of like her skinny but that she still has a purpose on earth.
The trees teach her not to forget her reason for being. The trees served as emotional guides teaching Esperanza to have confidence. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing. They are the only ones who understand me. Esperanza's life is the medium that Cisneros uses to bring the Latin community to her audience.
The novel begins when the Corderos move into a new house on Mango Street in the Latino section of Chicago. Founded in 1821, New Hampton School is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory secondary school of 310 students who come from over 20 states and 24 countries. Personal Response I don't exactly know how I would identify with a forest scene, but I know being in serene green place is a lot more comfortable to me than being in the middle of the ocean or a volcano. When there is nothing left to look at on this street. She says they have skinny necks and pointy elbows just like her.