English, 6th Period
October 31, 2000
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Essay is one of the finest
children’s book ever composed. It portrays a young girl’s life through
normal occasions, with simple descriptions. The young girl, Esperanza,
enters her own authority and arranges herself to what she will become. The
chapters are brilliantly written in the order of a child remembrance of
events or people.
My favorite chapter is “Elenita, Cards, Palm Water”.
Elenita, a “witch woman”, to perform a fortune analysis in seek of
information about a house. Elenita revealed information about “home in the
heart”. Esperanza inferred this to be news of a new house made of heart.
The actions in this chapter are basically realistic. The author is able to
present a visual representation of an actual fortune reading, with a
perfect balance of future perception and pure humor. I imagined a old,
Latino, Catholic woman in her own home reading my fortune as I read this
And children were watching Bugs Bunny on TV.
“Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark” is a chapter that I can relate
to. Esperanza’s grandfather passes away and her father delivers this news.
Esperanza notices her father’s emotions of pain and grief because it was
extremely uncommon for her father to expose these feelings. My own
grandmother passed on from a heart attack and my father was the messenger.
After informing me of this unfortunate news he emotionally collapsed.
like Esperanza, did not know what to do next, as this was rare. So, I
allowed him to grieve without any interruption. .