1. What is the purpose of the internal rhymes that appear in many vignettes? Provide a detailed reading of a section’s rhyming words, explaining how the rhymes contribute to the meaning of that section as a whole.
2. How do race and gender come into conflict in The House on Mango Street? Does one triumph as the more important concern, or do both issues receive equal consideration?
3. How are sex and violence linked in this novel? Why does Esperanza both seek and try to avoid sexual experiences?
4. In what ways does writing set Esperanza apart from her neighborhood? In what ways does it help her integrate into her neighborhood?
5. Why do you think Cisneros chooses not to try to represent dialect, slang, or accents? Is her language ever particularly “Chicano” or “Latino”?