Sandra Cisneros & Mango Street

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Sandra Cisneros & Mango Street

  1. 1. Sandra Cisneros
  2. 2. Biographical Info <ul><li>Born in 1954 in Chicago, IL </li></ul><ul><li>Father is Mexican </li></ul><ul><li>Mother is Mexican-American </li></ul><ul><li>6 brothers </li></ul><ul><li>Family frequently moved between Mexico City & Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Only minority in her college classes </li></ul><ul><li>Currently lives in San Antonio, TX </li></ul>
  3. 3. Writing Style <ul><li>Poetic style </li></ul><ul><li>Often writes about identity (feeling like an outsider b/c she belongs to 2 cultures) </li></ul><ul><li>Writes about race, gender & class </li></ul><ul><li>Often uses Spanish words in her writing (bilingual writer) </li></ul>
  4. 4. House on Mango Street <ul><li>Written in 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>Based on Cisneros’ experiences living in a Puerto Rican neighborhood in Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Protagonist: Esperanza Cordero </li></ul><ul><li>Setting: ghetto in Chicago </li></ul><ul><li>Esperanza wants to escape the poverty of her neighborhood </li></ul>
  5. 5. House on Mango Street <ul><li>Series of vignettes : short scenes that focuses on one moment or gives an impression about a character, an idea, a setting, or object </li></ul><ul><li>Themes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Identity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women being trapped </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concept of home </li></ul></ul>

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