The House on Mango Street

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, Rachel(read full symbol analysis)
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 full symbol analysis)
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 full symbol analysis)