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The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

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Sections 1–4

Sections 5–8

Sections 9–13

Sections 14–17

Sections 18–21

Sections 22–25

Sections 26–29

Sections 30–33

Sections 34–36

Sections 37–40

Sections 41–44

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There is a mistake

by laughoutloud00, August 20, 2012

Esperanza's name means hope in ENGLISH, not Spanish

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The Meaning of Esperanza

by jack23011, June 30, 2013

by FaizanB, May 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm:

You needn't apologize for being a student and you are actually more correct than the original poster who merely regurgitates the explanation in the book. Esperanza, in English, both as a verb and a noun means hope and vice versa.

The issue that has everyone all lathered up is that they are not considering the context and juxtaposition Cisneros (the author) is using. She is showing the dichotomy of language--the power that words have.

You see, she chooses to use the English translation... Read more

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the house on mango street

by ninnagen, October 04, 2013

what are the names of the narrators family of the house on mango street anyone know?

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