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House on Mango Street Plot Diagram
Updated: 11/15/2017
House on Mango Street Plot Diagram
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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Lesson Plans by Becky Harvey

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is not the traditional novel, but a collection of short pieces, all written from the view of Esperanza, a young Hispanic girl. Over the course of the book, as Esperanza grows, she describes the people who come in and out of her life on Mango Street. Esperanza uses her writing to try and escape the life she feels destined to live, and by the end, it seems Esperanza has hope that things will change for her. She even indicates that one day she might return to Mango Street to help change the street and its people.

The House on Mango Street

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  • Esperanza and her family move to a one bedroom house on Mango Street in Chicago. While the house is better than the old apartment, it still falls short of her expectations.
  • Esperanza battles with her place in the world.
  • Esperanza wants to leave her neighborhood and desires to grow up. She spends time with Sally, a more worldly girl. She gets a job and one of the old men there forces her to kiss him.
  • Esperanza's friendship with Sally leads to sexual assault at the carnival.
  • Esperanza returns her focus to Mango Street and accepts that she belongs there. She rekindles friendships with neighbors and her less mature friends.
  • Esperanza wants to be strong and have a place of her own. She wants to become a writer who is dependent on only herself.
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