Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A House of my Own

I thought that overall, The House on Mango Street was a different and interesting book. Mostly because the author, Sandra Cisneros, did not follow the common grammar rules, and she basically made up her own form of grammar. She is the type of writer I like to be, which someone who can just sit down and type without worrying about whether the punctuation is correct or not.
What I learned from this book and from the main character Esperanza, was that whether you are happy about where you live, how you live and the people you live with or around, you have to suck it up and deal with it. Life eventually will all pan out the way you want it to be, just be patient.
One strength that really stood out to me in the book was the fact that Esperanza, for being a little girl, was so strong. Sure she complained about things that were not very significant, but like I said before, she continued to work. She found a job, she talked to people and made friends, she helped out her family when they needed her. She did all this without really asking what was in it for her. That is a true strength. A weakness that I saw in her was the fact that she did spend some of her time complaining about certain things that could not really be changed, like her name.
My favorite story in this section was, A House of my Own. I liked it, because even though it was the shortest story, it had so much detail and told a story in itself. She talks about having her dream place and having place of her own. My favorite quote in the story was when Esperanza said, “Only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem.” Another reason I like it is because this is what I too dream of. To have a place that I can call my own, where I do not have to clean or cook for anyone but myself. Where I can be myself and not worry about what others are thinking. My own sanctuary.


  1. I like that quote too. It helps describe what the house is like and how quiet it is. It reminds me when it snowing and I go outside how quiet it is.

  2. I liked that story too!"A House of My Own" is a really short story but i am kind of amazed that she showed all the meaning with just a few sentences !