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- Full Title: The House on Mango Street
- When Written: 1980-1984
- Where Written: Chicago, Illinois
- When Published: 1984
- Literary Period: Contemporary Chicana literature
- Genre: Short story sequence, bildungsroman
- Setting: Chicago, Illinois
- Climax: Esperanza’s rape
- Antagonist: Abusive men, prejudice
- Point of View: First person limited, from Esperanza’s point of view
A House of Her Own. Cisneros, like Esperanza, dreamed as a child of having her own house, and she was able to achieve this dream through her literary successes. But the house she now owns in San Antonio, Texas has caused some controversy because of its bright purple color, which Cisneros chose herself. Some people argue that the color doesn’t fit with its historical neighborhood, while others support it as a statement of Mexican culture and Cisneros’s own creativity.
Ideas. Cisneros has written that for some of the stories in The House on Mango Street – like “The Family of Little Feet” – she started with a title and then had to make a story for it, while the first line of “The Three Sisters” came to her in a dream.