Esperenza's Neighborhood Watch Essay

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Esperanza's Neighborhood WatchThe House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros was a book that was very well written, descriptive, and relatable. The book is about a young girl named Esperanza who is of Hispanic descent. Esperanza and her family move from apartment to apartment never giving themselves to settle in or get close to any neighbors or make any friends. Of the many lessons that Esperanza learns from the time that she spends examining the lives of the people around her, the most important of these lessons are about maturity and how she feels about her home and identity. By learning about her neighbors and the lives they lead, she learns more about herself and how she wants to dictate her own life.Esperanza's maturity grows throughout the book. However, her maturity didn't happen in one step, but involved learning about the values of her family, responsibility, the pride of her heritage, and strength and confidence in herself. Esperanza first learns the value of family the day her father tells her about her grandfather's death. Never seeing her father's tears, she could only imagine what she would do if she were in his shoes. "And I think if my own Papa died what would I do. I hold my Papa in my arms. I hold and hold and hold him." (Cisneros 57) This quote shows that Esperanza values her father so much she wants to hold him, hoping he would be with her forever. Maturity involves the realization of the important aspects of one's life, and Esperanza's family meant everything to her.Esperanza, the oldest child of the family, realized she would have to inform her younger siblings about the death of her grandfather. Even though her father didn't mention anything to her about having to tell the others, Esperanza took on the responsibility herself. Esperanza also takes on responsibility when she got her first job. Her maturity is shown by her understanding of why it was important for her to get the job so that she could go to a private school that would give her a better education than public school, which her father said "nobody went to… unless you wanted to turn out bad." (Cisneros 53) Esperanza's father wanted her to go to a private school because it would give her more opportunities for a better education and understanding of where she comes from.Esperanza found her appreciation of her Mexican lineage from witnessing Marin's experience with Geraldo's death and Mamasita's obsession with Mexican culture. In telling Geraldo's story, Esperanza stressed that Geraldo was seen as unimportant compared to others because he was, "Just another wetback." (Cisneros 66) Geraldo was labeled as a wetback, another word for illegal Mexican immigrant, just because he didn't have any identification when he was taken to the hospital. Esperanza makes Geraldo's story important to let readers know she understood that being Mexican doesn't put one beneath anybody else. Esperanza understood that she was equal to everyone else in America, just as Geraldo should...

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