Let that Man-go

Today on class, we read another chunk of The House on Mango Street. In The First Job, there was a part that described when a man forcefully kissed Esperanza on the mouth when she was going to kiss him on the cheek as a gift for his birthday. What was interesting about this part was that the author didn’t really write in Esperanza’s reaction to this. Why is this? Was this to create the feeling of curiosity from the reader? Or did the author feel like it wasn’t necessary? The chapter after this jumps to the death of Esperanza’s grandfather, never mentioning anything about what happened in the previous chapter. This leads me to believe that each chapter is a snapshot of her life that is linear and yet not necessarily related to each other. Each chapter is related mainly to the message of her story.


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