The House on Mango Street

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Sally Character Analysis

A girl Esperanza befriends as she starts to get older. Sally is more sexually mature and seems beautiful and glamorous to Esperanza. She has an abusive father and lets herself be taken advantage of by boys. Esperanza feels very protective of Sally, but Sally is not a good friend to Esperanza.

Sally Quotes in The House on Mango Street

The The House on Mango Street quotes below are all either spoken by Sally or refer to Sally. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage Books edition of The House on Mango Street published in 2009.
Chapter 32 Quotes

Sally, do you sometimes wish you didn’t have to go home? Do you wish your feet would one day keep walking and take you far away from Mango Street, far away and maybe your feet would stop in front of a house, a nice one with flowers and big windows and steps for you to climb up two by two upstairs to where a room is waiting for you.

Related Characters: Esperanza Cordero (speaker), Sally
Page Number: 82
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Esperanza projects some of her own fantasies onto Sally, a girl whom Esperanza latches onto as a symbol of things she might not see in herself (like beauty, sexuality, or boldness). Esperanza sees the way Sally's demeanor changes drastically when she has to go home from school, and wonders if Sally also wants to get far away from Mango Street. 

When Esperanza imagines her dream homes, there is never anyone else inside, especially not a husband. In her dreams, homes are safe, open, ready to fulfill her own needs. This must be what Sally wants too, Esperanza figures. Perhaps, by telling these stories and imagining what other people want, Esperanza begins to feel less strange and less alone in what she desires. 

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Sally Character Timeline in The House on Mango Street

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Chapter 32: Sally
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Sally is a beautiful girl at Esperanza’s school who wears “Egyptian” makeup, nylons, and short skirts.... (full context)
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Sally seems to diminish every day as she walks sadly home to her father. He tries... (full context)
Chapter 37: What Sally Said
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Sally admits that her father hits her, but she says that he never hits her hard.... (full context)
Chapter 38: The Monkey Garden
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One day Esperanza, Sally, and some other kids are in the monkey garden. Esperanza wants to play with the... (full context)
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...“those kids” and says she can’t do anything about it. Esperanza then leaves to protect Sally herself. She grabs three sticks and a brick and faces the boys. Sally and the... (full context)
Chapter 39: Red Clowns
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Esperanza addresses this section to Sally. Esperanza has just been sexually assaulted at a carnival, and her narrative is confused and... (full context)
Chapter 40: Linoleum Roses
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Sally gets married before the eighth grade, to an older marshmallow salesman who has to take... (full context)