The House on Mango Street is a novel by Sandra Cisneros that was first published in 1984. In a series of vignettes, the novel explores how patriarchy, gender roles, and sexual violence impact the lives of women. Sandra Cisneros, through her semiautobiographical protagonist Esperanza, demonstrates that patriarchal society cannot accommodate women seeking to develop independent identities.


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Literary Devices

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Further Study

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