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Short Story Analysis

The 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 ***** hides very important meanings about identity and society, and the way in ***** the 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 ***** her life as she understands it, of ***** family and her house especially, but, precisely because of its form and the po*****t ***** view used, that it ma*****ges to get ***** message through even better.

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

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

***** didn't always 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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