House On Mango Street

Women?s Escape into Misery Women?s need for male support and their husband?s constant degradation of them was a recurring theme in the book House on Mango Street. Many of Esperanza?s stories were about women?s dreams of marrying, the perfect husband and having the perfect family and home. Sally, Rafaela, and Minerva are women who gave me the impression of [damsel?s in distress].CLICHÉ, it?s ok though. It?s relevant They wished for a man to sweep them of their feet and rescue them from their present misery. These characters are inspiring and strong but they are unable to escape the repression of the surrounding environment. *Cisneros presents a rigid world in which they lived in, and left them no other hope but to get married. Esperanza, however, is a very tough girl who knows what she wants. She will keep dreaming and striving until she gets it. She says, "I am too strong for her [Mango Street] to keep me here" (110). Esperanza learned from all of these women that she was not going to be tied down. She said, "I have decided not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain" (88). **Especially after seeing that Sally was suffering so much. Sally?s father is making her want to leave home by beating her. Sally "said her mother rubs lard on the places were it hurts" (93). There is not enough lard in the world to be able to cure the pain within Sally?s heart. Sally, "met a marshmallow salesman at a school bazaar" (101). Pretty soon " sally got married, she has her house now, her pillowcases and her plates" (101). Her marriage seems to free her from her father, but in reality she has now stepped into a world of misery. This was supposed to help her heal; " she says she is in love, but I think she did it to escape." (101). Unlike the other women Sally has no escape, no poetry, not even papaya coconut juice, not to mention, " he does not let her look out the window" (102). That is why "she sits at home because she is afraid to go outside without his permission."(102). Rafaela?s situation also involves imprisonment in her own home. Cisneros introduced us to Rafaela, a young beautiful girl whose expectations from marriage were to obtain a sweet home to live in. Instead, the only semi-sweet item in life was her juice; "Rafaela who drinks coconut and papaya juice on Tuesday?s and wishes there were sweeter drinks not bitter like an empty room" (80). Cisneros presents the loneliness that Rafaela feels because of her husband?s continuous imprisonment of her. Rafael?s beauty is used as an excuse in order to avoid the truth, male dominance in a woman?s home. Esperanza explains that, "Rafaela who is still young gets locked indoors because her husband is afraid Rafaela will run away since she is too beautiful to look at." (79). Thanks to these women, Esperanza is able to avoid problems that come with a marriage. She is young and does not want to "look out the window her whole life, the way so many women sit their sadness on an elbow" (11). Unlike most of the women in the book her escape is no longer the window. "But that night he comes back and sends a big rock through the window"(85), shattering her glass hopes [???] and making her turn to poetry as an escape. "Minerva is only a little bit older than me but already she has too kids and a husband who left." (83) She is a perfect example of a woman who is subjected to the consequence of suffering because of marriage She "writes? on little pieces of paper that she holds in her hand for a long time" (84). Like unhappily married women, she always takes him back even after the incessant beatings. "She has many troubles, but the big one is her husband who left her and keeps on leaving" (85). Esperanza and Minerva share their poems, "she lets me read her poems. I let her read mine" (84). This is both of their ways to escape reality. The only time Esperanza expressed feelings towards a boy was when "everything was waiting to explode like Christmas" (73). Even then