The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
English, 6th Period


October 31, 2000


The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros 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”. Esperanza hires 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 chapter. 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. I, like Esperanza, did not know what to do next, as this was rare. So, I allowed him to grieve without any interruption.