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Short Story Analysis

The House on Mango Street is a brief ********** apparently very simple story, told in the ********** voice of a school-girl who describes the house in which she and her family have recently moved. However, beneath its simple surface the story hides very 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 on ***** basic facts of her life as she understands it, of ***** family and her ***** especially, but, prec*****ely because of its form and the po*****t of view used, that it manages to get ***** message through even better.

First of all, the school girl ***** ***** new house on Mango ***** which will be the new residence for herself and her rather numerous *****, made up ***** six people. As she in*****s us, the ***** ***** is ***** ***** house the family has really owned, after having moved around for a long time from one rented place to a*****ther. She talks about the old, dilapidated buildings in ***** her ***** lived before and ***** the new house, which, although their own, is again a dis*****ppointment. This is how far the ***** goes in relating ***** ***** of the *****'s life. The main character is of course ***** ***** s*****ry teller, and the tone and style are appropriate for the age of the narrator: the ***** is made ***** of short sentences that a child would use. The setting ***** the theme can be taken together, since the ***** ho***** and the *****er houses ***** the ***** *****sues around which the story revolves. It is precisely ***** these elements ***** the wr*****er actually conveys her meaning, ***** since ***** message could not have been directly decoded in the text by the ***** narrator: ***** story of the old rented houses and the new, finally owned but still unsatisfactory house becomes relevant when we look at it through the eyes of a child who begins to be ********** of the ***** around her. We discover thus the girl's own world ***** reality at the same time that she does: the ramshackle *****s speak of the poverty of her family, and consequently of their place in *****. The central theme of the ***** is therefore identity or self- awareness in the social world, and more specifically, ***** interplay between the personal and the public space, or ***** space occupied by the o*****rs which is indicated in the s*****ry through ***** opposition ***** the rented and ***** possessed houses.

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

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


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