Essay - Short Story Analysis the House on Mango Street is a...


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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 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 which ***** 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 the basic facts of her life as she underst*****s it, of her ***** and her house especially, but, prec*****ely because ***** ***** form and the po*****t of view used, that it manages to get ***** message through even better.

First ***** all, the school girl ***** the new house on Mango Street which will be the new residence for *****self and her rather numerous family, made up of six people. As she in*****s us, the new house is the ***** ***** ***** ***** has really owned, after having moved around ***** a long time from one rented place ***** another. She talks about the old, dilapidated buildings in ***** her family lived before ***** ***** the new house, which, although their own, is again a disappointment. This is how far the story goes in relating the ***** of the girl's life. The main character is of course the little story teller, and the tone and style are appropriate for ***** age of the narrator: the text ***** made up of short sentences that a child would use. The setting and the *****me can be taken together, since the new ho***** and the ********** houses are the ***** issues around ***** the story revolves. It is prec*****ely ***** *****se elements ***** the writer actually conveys her meaning, especially since the mess***** could not have been directly decoded in ***** text by the ***** narrator: the story of the old rented houses and ***** 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 *************** of the world around her. We discover thus ***** girl's own world ***** reality ***** the same time that she does: the ramshackle houses speak of the poverty ***** her *****, and consequently of their place in society. The central theme ***** the s*****ry is t*****e*****e identity or self- awareness in the social w*****ld, and more specifically, ***** interplay between the personal and the public space, or the space occupied by the o*****rs which is indicated in the story through the opposition ***** the rented and ***** possessed *****.

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

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

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