Essay on The House On Mango Street By Sandra Cisneros

1155 Words Nov 16th, 2014 5 Pages
Equality is something that is perpetually strived for, but seldom achieved. In the novella The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, the protagonist, Esperanza, does not want to continue the cycle of inequality. Throughout the story, Esperanza continually sees women in her life treated like objects in a society that values women for their looks, and not for what is on the inside. In the thread of gender roles, a theme that is developed is that men do not treat women as their equals, but instead as something that can be possessed and dominated. This theme is developed throughout the stories Esperanza tells about her great-grandmother’s resentment of being a married woman, Rafaela’s lack of freedom in her marriage, and the troubles Minerva has with her abusive husband.
The theme of men not treating women equally that is shown in the thread, gender roles, is portrayed in the story that Esperanza tells about her great-grandmother’s married life. Esperanza’s great-grandmother wished to live her life as an independent woman. As a Hispanic woman at the time, marriage was synonymous with subjection to a man. Her great-grandmother did not want to conform to what was usually done by women in her culture so she divulged that she would never marry “Until my great-grandfather threw a sack over her head and carried her off. Just like that, as if she were a fancy chandelier” (Cisneros 12). Esperanza’s great-grandmother was taken against her will, which indicates that she did not have…

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