The House on Mango Street


Sandra Cisneros

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The House on Mango Street: Chapter 15 Summary & Analysis

Esperanza describes how she loves the sky, and how in her neighborhood there is not enough sky or other beautiful things like butterflies and flowers. One day at school a boy named Darius (whom Esperanza doesn’t like because he torments girls and acts tough) says something Esperanza finds very wise. He points up at a fluffy cloud and says that the cloud is God.
Esperanza comments directly on how beautiful things (especially clouds, which recur often) help take her away from Mango Street. Cisneros implies that the society of the barrio might make Darius “act tough,” when actually he has a poetic sensibility similar to Esperanza’s.
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