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House On Mango Street:Hidden Message, Feminism

Sandra Cisneros was born December 20 1954 in Chicago, IL. She is the daughter of a Mexican father and a Chicana mother. Cisneros "has worked as a teacher to high school dropouts, a poet-in-the-schools, a college recruiter, and an arts administrator". She is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and poet. She has won many awards over the years. Cisneros is also the author of Women Hollering Creek and Other Stories, My Wicked Wicked Ways, and Loose Woman. Sandra Cisneros in the story The House On Mango Street, uses figurative language to hide her hidden feminist ideas that women should have equal rights with men. Cisneros contributes to the story her own life as a Hispanic women being oppressed and trying to succeed in woman domination.
Sandra Cisneros' life is displayed through much of the women obstacles given in the book The House On Mango Street. She grew up with six brothers which may have contribute to the idea that she is oppressed. Cisneros, also, comes from a Mexican heritage. Women from other cultures do not have as many independent decisions as other women in other cultures. They live day-by-day on what their husbands demand of them. Cisneros found her voice, "as a working-class, Mexican American woman with an independent sexuality"(Sagel, Jim 74-75), when she was working on her master's degree at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the late 1970’s.
Cisneros dedicates Mango Street "to the women" and presents a collections of feminine portraits which reveal directly the neighborhood subculture and, indirectly, various, aspects of her identity"(Szadziuk,Marie). Cisneros is disappointed about the way women are treated and hopes that with this book will achieve respect for women. Mango Street concentrates on the everyday life of a young girl, Esperanza,
her family members, and her neighbors. Esperanza is a Spanish name that translates to English meaning "Hop…


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