Nevertheless, Esperanza still dreams of sitting outside at night with her boyfriend, but she has set her standards higher than most of the women around her. Some of their male neighbors warn them that such suggestive shoes are not meant for little girls, but the girls ignore them. Many of the women who are trapped are in their situation because they only know Spanish. The children of the neighborhood all wish they could see more of nature, but they deal with what they have. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. There's also Alicia, a friend of Esperanza.
They tell her to make a wish, so Esperanza does, and then they tell her it will come true. During this time, we can see that Esperanza is ashamed of her social status, with her family living in poverty, and also with people having difficulty pronouncing her name. Cathy claims to be related to the queen of France and hopes to go to France someday to inherit the family house. As the novel progresses, Esperanza starts to notice her budding sexuality. It means sadness, it means waiting. The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don't have to pay rent to anybody, or share the yard with the people downstairs, or be careful not to make too much noise, and there isn't a landlord banging on the ceiling with a broom.
Esperanza muses on the meanings of her name, but she does so in a random, nonsensical way that we are not meant to take seriously. She becomes aware of boys and she and her friends start paying attention to their changing bodies. Nenny recites some rhymes and embarrasses Esperanza with her immaturity. Yet, as she notes, it is theirs. Her mom, dad, two brothers, and younger sister all live there with her. Esperanza is jealous that her sister, who also has an unfortunate name, gets to go by a nickname, Nenny, rather than her full name, Magdalena. Student Instructions Create a storyboard that shows examples of figurative language in The House of Mango Street.
Esperanza launches into a discussion about all the different types of hair are in her family. The actual work is easy, but the social aspects of the job are difficult for Esperanza. He crashes and the beautiful car looks like an accordion. Yet Cisneros is offering insight into the hardships of being a woman in this male-dominated culture. The house on Mango Street is smaller, more cramped and more run down than she'd hoped.
Since they cannot communicate in English, they cannot rise in American society. Her brothers are best friends, but Esperanza thinks her sister Nenny is too young to be her best friend, yet she feels responsible for her. Esperanza is proud that one particular boy watches her dance. Marin has stayed with him at the hospital, although she does not know why. Esperanza says one day she will have a friend her age who understands her jokes and she will no longer be stuck with Nenny. He has two lively dogs, and occasionally he gives the children old jukebox records.
The three sisters tell Esperanza that while she will go far in life she must remember to come back to Mango Street for the others who do not get as far. With character mapping, students will record this information, helping them follow along and catch the subtleties which make reading more enjoyable! Esperanza has her fortune told at the house of Elenita, a witch woman. Esperanza tells the reader about the old apartment that she, her parents, her sister Nenny and her brothers Carlos and Kiki lived in. Esperanza just has to show up and lie about her age. The garden quickly becomes a dump for old cars and other trash, but to the children it is a magical place where anything is possible. We also learn about the other people in the neighborhood. The section ends with a description of Marin in the future somewhere else.
She still greatly desires to leave the neighborhood but has grown to understand that writing will help her distance herself emotionally from her situation, and could potentially help her escape physically later on. She imagines that he worked to send money back to Mexico and wondered how many people in Mexico would want to know he died. Esperanza just wants to know whether Elenita sees a house in her future, but Elenita sees only a house of the heart. She lives with her parents in Chicago, and they change apartments often as their family grows. You will always be Mango Street. The House on Mango Street started out without very high expectations, but over time it has become widely known. Then he sped up the street and crashed into a lamppost where the cops grabbed him and hauled him away as the children waved.
Esperanza makes friends with two other Chicana girls of Mango Street, Rachel and Lucy. Esperanza is suddenly developing a womanly body, but she is still playing double-dutch with her friends, and reciting childish rhymes. She is named after her great-grandmother, and she and they both were born in the year of the Horse, according to the Chinese astrological charts. Esperanza's father tells her that her grandfather, or abuelito, has died. However, Minerva also continues to take her husband back, even when he beats her. She explains that Rachel and Lucy look a lot alike, though Nenny and she do not look so much alike at all.