Explain how the structure of the final chapters of The House on Mango Street develop the reader’s understanding of Esperanza’s understanding of her identity and dreams for the future.
Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros pp. 108 – 110
Compare pages 3 and 109. What lines does Cisneros repeat on both of these pages? What is the impact of repeating these lines at the very beginning and end of the text?
What is repeated in the chapter “A House of My Own”? What is the impact of this structural choice?
What is different about the lines on these two pages? What does the change emphasize about Esperanza’s experience?
How does the last paragraph of the book connect back to the conversation that Esperanza has with the sisters on page 105? What does this connection reveal about Esperanza?
What do you notice about the structure of the last lines of the text? What is the impact of this choice?
Discussion: What do you predict for Esperanza’s future based on the last chapters of this text?