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Short Story Analysis

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

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

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

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

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