The House on Mango Street


Sandra Cisneros

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The House on Mango Street: Chapter 13 Summary & Analysis

Esperanza talks about the Vargas family – there is a single mother (Rosa) and her many children, who are wild and uncontrollable. Rosa still cries every day for the children’s father, who left without even an explanation. The children have no concern for themselves, anyone else, or valuable objects. At first people try warn them about their misbehavior, but eventually everyone gives up just like Rosa Vargas, and the children continue to do whatever they like. It gets to the point that no one even looks up when one day Angel Vargas “learned to fly,” and falls from a high place “like a falling star” and dies.
Rosa is another trapped woman, but this time she is helpless in the face of her missing husband (or boyfriend) and many wild children. Angel Vargas is yet another example of the people of Mango Street trying to “fly” and falling instead. It begins to become clear that these vignettes are not necessarily in chronological order, but are connected by Esperanza’s free-association and childlike logic, as Angel Vargas will appear in later story, still alive.
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