Explain how Cisneros develops and contrasts Esperanza’s point of view with that of other characters.
Book: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros pp. 17 – 25
What does the chapter “Gil’s Furniture Bought and Sold” reveal about the differences between Nenny and Esperanza and their perspectives? Pull out specific sentences that demonstrate the differences between the sisters and explain how they support your ideas.
How does Cisneros develop the idea that Nenny and Esperanza’s perspective of the world is different from Rachel and Lucy’s? Provide evidence from pages 17 and 18. Why is it different?
What is Esperanza’s perspective of Gil’s Furniture Store? What specific words and phrases does Cisneros use to help develop her perspective? Provide at least two pieces of evidence from pages 19–20.
How and why does Esperanza’s perspective on Louie’s “other cousin” change from the beginning to the end of the chapter “Louie and His Cousin and his Other Cousin”? Provide two pieces of evidence from the text to support your answer.
Discussion: One of the literary techniques Sandra Cisneros uses often is imagery. Consider today’s reading. What images create the clearest pictures in your mind of Mango Street?