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  1. The House on Mango Street By Ryan Casolo, Lily, Erica, T-Mac who hasn’t been here or done anything

  2. Sire • Sire (Esperanza’s neighbor who her father calls a punk but she still fantasizes about him), Lois (his promiscuous girlfriend), and Esperanza • Esperanza is walking on one side of the street • Sire is staring at her from the other side of their neighborhood

  3. Sire Deeper Meaning • Esperanza is wishing she was older so she could be with Sire but at the same time she doesn’t want to grow up • When her father says that Sire is a punk he is being protective of Esperanza • She is transitioning from innocence to maturity by breaking the control her father has over her

  4. Four Skinny Trees • Esperanza is referring to four skinny trees in her neighborhood • She is talking about how these trees are misplaced and don’t fit in • This all happens from the confines of her house and even her bed room

  5. Four Skinny Trees Deeper meaning • Esperanza is explaining that her and these misplaced trees are alike • She is working against the grain to succeed and live in a poor neighbor hood like the trees trying to live in a sea of concrete • Literary Device- • Personification- “For skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine.” (74)

  6. No Speak English • Mamacita • She moved in across the street with a man. • She can only say eight words in English • Mamacita lives in the house across the street • During the day Mamacita and the baby boy are home. • Mamacita knows three English phrases • He not here

  7. No Speak English Deeper Meaning • Mamacita is trapped by her lack of knowledge of English. • She is unable to communicate with other people so they don’t know how she is really feeling. Literary Devices – • Simile – “The taxi door opened like a waiter’s arm.” (76) • Simile – “A foot soft as a rabbit’s ear.” (76)

  8. Common Threads In each story the characters are trapped • In “Sire”, Esperanza is trapped by her age it is restricting her from being with Sire • In “Four Skinny Trees”, Esperanza is trapped by the town she lives in. The town is poor and if she lived in a better neighborhood she could achieve more • In “No Speak English” Mamacita is trapped by her inability to speak English

  9. Questions • Why does Esperanza’s dad think that Sire is a bad kid? • Why does Cisneros express the feeling of being trapped in these three stories? • What is the significance of adding this vignette to the book?

  10. Thanks