The House on Mango Street


Sandra Cisneros

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The House on Mango Street Symbols


Shoes in The House on Mango Street symbolize Esperanza’s sexuality, and then her inner conflict between that sexuality and her desire for independence. The symbolism begins when a neighbor gives her, Nenny, Rachelread analysis of Shoes

The Monkey Garden

At a family party Esperanza gets new clothes but must wear her old saddle shoes, and she is so ashamed of them that she won’t dance with a boy she wants to. When she finally… read analysis of The Monkey Garden

The Three Sisters

In Esperanza’s vision of her dream house, one of its few specific characteristics is Esperanza’s shoes beside the bed. This shows that an important part of her goals involves maturing into her own sexuality, while… read analysis of The Three Sisters