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Short Story Analysis

***** House on Mango Street is a brief and apparently very simple story, told in the innocent voice of a school-girl who describes the house in which she ***** her family have recently moved. However, beneath its simple surface the story hides ***** important meanings about identity and society, and the way in ***** ***** self relates to the outer world. The text has no plot and it is, at first sight, merely a little girl's na ve report ***** ***** basic facts of her life as she underst*****s it, of ***** family and her ***** especially, but, precisely because of its form and the po*****t ***** view used, that it manages to get the message through even better.

First of all, the school girl ***** ***** new house on Mango Street which will be the new residence for herself and her rather numerous family, made up of six people. As she informs us, the new ***** is ***** first house the ***** h***** really owned, after having moved around for a long time from one rented place ***** another. She talks about the old, dilapidated buildings in ***** her family lived be*****e ***** about the new *****, which, although their own, is again a d**********ppointment. This is how far the story goes in relating the ***** of the *****'s life. The main character is of course the l*****tle story teller, and the tone and style are appropriate for the age of the narrator: ***** text is made up of short sentences that a child would use. The setting ***** the theme can be taken together, since the ***** ho***** and the ********** houses ***** the ***** issues around which the story revolves. It is prec*****ely ***** *****se elements that the writer actually conveys her meaning, ***** ***** the mess***** could not have *****n directly decoded in the text by the ***** narrator: the story of the old ***** houses ***** the new, f*****ally owned but still unsatisfactory house becomes relevant when we look at it through the eyes of a child who begins to be *****ware of the ***** ***** *****. We discover thus ***** girl's own world and reality at the same time that she does: ***** ramshackle ********** speak of the poverty of her *****, and consequently of their place in society. The central theme ***** the ***** is there*****e identity or self- awareness in the social *****, ***** more specifically, the interplay between the personal and the public space, or ***** ***** occupied by the others which is indicated in the story through ***** opposition between the rented and ***** possessed houses.

***** story starts out in a simple way, by stat*****g that the family hasn't always resided on ***** Street ***** the girl enumerates the places ***** remembers having lived in:

***** didn't ***** live ***** Mango Street. Before ***** we ***** on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before that it was Paulina, and before

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