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Short Story Analysis

***** 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 ***** 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 ***** ***** basic facts ***** her life as she understands it, of her family and her house especially, but, precisely because ***** its form and the po*****t of view used, that it manages to get the message through even better.

First ***** all, ***** school girl ***** the new house on Mango ***** which will be ***** new residence for *****self and her rather numerous *****, made up of six people. As she in*****ms us, the new house is ***** first ***** 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 family lived *************** ***** ***** the new house, which, although their own, is again a d*****appointment. This is how far the ***** goes in relating the ***** of the *****'s life. The main character is of course the ***** story teller, and the tone and style are appropriate for ***** age of the narrator: ***** text is made ***** of short sentences that a child would use. The setting and the theme can be taken together, since the ***** ho***** and the older houses are the main issues around which the story revolves. It is prec*****ely through *****se elements ***** the wr*****er actually conveys her meaning, especially since ***** message could not have been directly decoded in the text by the ***** narrator: the story of the old rented houses and the new, finally owned but still unsatisfactory house becomes relevant when we look at it ***** the eyes of a child who begins to be aware of the ***** ***** her. We discover thus the girl's own world and reality ***** the same time that she does: the ramshackle houses speak of ***** poverty of her family, and consequently of ***** place in society. The central theme ***** the ***** is there*****e identity or self- awareness in the social *****, and more specifically, ***** interplay bet*****en the personal and the public space, or ***** ***** occupied by the others which is indicated in the s*****ry through ***** opposition between the rented and the possessed *****.

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

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


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