Overall, the figurative language in The House on Mango Street serves to enhance description and add depth to the text. Esperanza marvels at the vast rows of furniture and T. The Simile One type of figurative language Cisneros uses is simile. She belongs because she lives there, but doesn't belong because she doesn't feel at home. Power of Words Esperanza takes great pride in her own writing. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures.
The narrator loves to smell her mother's hair: its scent of baking bread is a source of comfort to the narrator and reflects the nurturing role Mama plays in the family. Both children are trying to fly in order to escape their lives on Mango Street. In the last chapter, she asks who will change Mango Street and leaves the reader wondering if it will be Esperanza herself. This character map allows students to recall relevant information about important characters. The single most important hairs for the narrator to describe and the reader to understand, however, are those of Mama. Only at that point can Esperanza let go of this particular metaphor and realize that she cannot float away from her community for good. It makes their bald ankles all red, but I like them.
This style reflects the disturbed thoughts and turbulent emotions the narrator is experiencing. But instead of using 'like' or 'as,' it's a direct comparison, usually saying that one thing is another thing. She uses similes, with their 'like' or 'as' comparisons, to enhance descriptions and give the reader a clear picture of what is being described. The coat crumpling symbolizes her dad crumpling with pain. The sexist prejudice is clear right from the beginning of the novel. Their peddling takes them on a tour of the neighborhood. They are people from all walks: crazy-cat-women, daydreaming teenagers, criminals, excitable little girls, and more.
She knows that one day, she must have a real house. My brother is 42 years old now and I have never forgotten the image of his toe as Nathan. Cathy's monologue is the first knowledge Esperanza has of her neighborhood, which is indeed composed of a colorful cast. At that time, feminist theorists explained that oppression of women was widespread in nearly all human society, and they began to speak of sexism instead of male chauvinism. Cats, dogs, mice, and cockroaches make appearances at various times.
A coat is a garment worn for protection; her dad protects her. It is a common literary device, and there are many types, including simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification, among others. Personification giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects The wind whispered its secrets through the trees. Esperanza expresses her conviction to avoid her predecessors fate- a life wasted in sadness and waiting by the window. The second metaphor we come across is on page 37.
Egypt is a land Esp. This compares Lucy to foot fleas and notice that it does not use like or as. The reader is able to see that language plays a very important role for Esperanza. We are now ready to begin reading The House On Mango Street. These techniques are explored more in depth below. This, in a way, might count as an under-exaggeration, placing Nenny's hyperbole starkly against it.
She spends time with Sally, a more worldly girl. That tells us more about her character and adds more depth to the story. Rachel did you know you are prettier than a yellow taxi cab. Esperanza turns to writing and decides that she will use her writing to escape from the community she wants so desperately to leave. In simple, everyday language, the narrator describes her house and relates connections in her mind in a stream of consciousness fashion. I am one who leaves the table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate.
They send ferocious roots beneat the ground. Cathy Queen of Cats Summary: In this chapter, Esperanza first meets another child resident of Mango Street, who she calls Cathy Queen of Cats. Continue on with the presentation to see some examples of simile. In this quote Esperanza describes herself as floating, but also as tethered to the earth. The girls share laughter and we sense Esperanza's happiness from sharing not only a bicycle, but also laughter and camaraderie, with her new friends. Her mother's curls are like roses and candy. She is still floating because she feels she does not fit in on Mango Street, and she is still isolated because she does not share her deepest secrets with her friends.