The House on Mango Street Essay
The affects of an unreliable narrator in The House on Mango Street is it
affects the tone, characterization, and style. There are a lot of examples of those
three affects. Some of those examples are on different chapters of The House on
Characterization explained in the chapter called Earl of Tennessee. It is
explained in the way that people say that Earls wife looks different ways when she
asks different people.
Esperanza says in the chapter We never agree on what she
looks like(pg.71). Another example of characterization can be found in the chapter
calledSally. In the chapter Esperanza saysThe boys at school think shes
(pg.81) Characterization is explained in this chapter in the way that
Sally wears make-up to school and skirts that she pulls up, but when she goes home
she washes off the make-up and pulls down her skirt so her father wont notice
Tone is explained in the chapter called Darius and the Clouds because a lot
of people in Esperanzas school think of him as a fool. Then when one day he says
something wise, something smart, people dont think of him as such a fool. In the
chapter Darius says,You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can
keep you safe when you are sad.(pg.
33) He also says,Here there is too much
sadness and not enough sky.(pg.33) Tone is also explained in the chapter
calledRed Clowns.Esperanza becomes very mad with Sally because Sally left her
alone and some guys come and have their way with her. Esperanza saysSally, you
lied. It wasnt what you said at all.
What he did. Where he touched me. I didnt
want it, Sally.(pg.99) Esperanza get very emotional about what happens to her. She
becomes very mad and changes her tone in the way that she isnt the cheerful happy
Style is explained in the chapter called The Monkey Garden in the way
that the Monkey Garden stands for the Edenic Bower. Esperanza and her friends
love to play in the garden. Esperanza says,This was a garden, a wonderful thing to
look at in the spring.(pg.94) The The Monkey Garden stands for the Garden of
Eden.Another example of Style can be found in the chapter calledChanclas.
Esperanza says, The old saddle shoes I wear to school, brown and white, the kind I
get every September because they last long and they do.(pg.47) Esperanza really
hates getting the same shoes every September because they dont look good and
because it makes her feet look scuffed and round.
The affect of an unreliable narrator in The House on Mango Street affects
different things. Three of them are the tone, characterization, and the style. There
are many examples of the affects in The House on Mango Street.