Explain how specific literary devices, words, and phrases—and their connotations—develop mood and reveal aspects of characters.
Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros pp. 10 – 16
What words does Esperanza use to describe her great-grandmother, after whom she was named? What are the connotations of these words, and what do these words reveal about Esperanza’s feelings toward her namesake? Provide at least two words and phrases.
Read the first paragraph on page 10. What words does Esperanza use to describe her name? What are the connotations of these words? What do these words reveal about Esperanza’s feelings about her own name?
Read the second-to-last paragraph on page 11. What similes does Esperanza use to describe her name? What ideas do these similes communicate?
What does Cathy mean when she says, on page 13, “the neighborhood is getting bad”? How does Esperanza respond to this statement? Support your answer with evidence from the text.
Discussion: Sandra Cisneros wrote a whole vignette just about Esperanza’s name. Why are names so important? What do they symbolize?
OR What does your name mean? Would you change it if you could? Do you have nicknames?