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Short Story Analysis

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

First ***** all, the school girl ***** the new house on Mango Street which will be ***** new residence for *****self and her rather numerous family, made up of six people. As she informs us, the ***** house is ***** ***** house the family has 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 before and about the new *****, which, although their own, is again a disappointment. This is how far the story goes in relating ***** facts of the girl's life. The main character is of course the ***** 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 are the main *****sues around ***** the story revolves. It is ***** ***** *****se elements ***** the wr*****er actually conveys her meaning, ***** ***** the mess***** could not have been directly decoded in ***** text by the ***** narrator: ***** story of the old ***** houses ***** ***** 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 *****w***** of the world ***** her. We discover thus the girl's own world and reality ***** the same time that she does: ***** ramshackle ********** speak of the poverty ***** her *****, and consequently of their place in society. The central theme of the ***** is t*****e*****e identity or self- awareness in the social world, and more specifically, the interplay bet*****en the personal and the public space, or the ***** occupied by ***** others which is indicated in the story through the opposition between the rented 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 ***** remembers having lived in:

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

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