Explain how Cisneros develops and contrasts characters’ perspectives on the world around them.
Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros pp. 65 – 75 — Focus on “Geraldo No Name” and “Four Skinny Trees.”
Marin and the hospital workers/police view Geraldo very differently. Select two sentences from the text that develop the idea that their perspectives are different and explain how these sentences demonstrate this difference.
How is the perspective of Geraldo No Last Name different from other vignettes in this book? Consider who is and is not present in the scene.
Think about the following characters: Ruthie, Esperanza’s great-grandmother, Marin, Aunt Lupe. How do these characters represent the options available to women and the ability to achieve their goals? Provide specific evidence from the text to support your answer.
How does the vignette “Four Skinny Trees” develop the reader’s understanding of Esperanza’s character and her perspective? Provide specific evidence from the text to support your answer.
Discussion: How did you feel while reading the story “Geraldo No Last Name”? What is Cisneros suggesting about the experience of being an immigrant in this country?