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House on Mango Street

Choose a theme from the Bedford text (file attached). The other work can be from literature, art, film, comic books, radio, or TV. Discuss the works, analyzing and comparing how they develop the theme you have chosen.

Your analysis is likely to be drafted and presented to the Senior Editors, so it should include the following:

an introduction that presents the theme you have chosen
the works you are analyzing and comparing
a body including the analyses of the works
a conclusion
In your analysis, be sure to mention:

How these works develop the theme?

How they change the theme?

How the genre impacts the development of the theme?

Include in-text citations and a reference list


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As you explicate various themes in the novel, "The House on Mango Street," please note how Cisneros' compilation of interesting short stories demonstrates the powerful themes of overall immigrant experiences and how difficult it is for new citizens, especially Latino and Hispanic people, to often adapt to life in America socially, emotionally, linguistically, and culturally.

As you write your introduction that presents the theme you have chosen, please ensure that you add a strong "hook" to lure readers. You might paint a picture about the quest for the American Dream or ask a question about what immigrant tend to see America as representing. Please then add a strong thesis such as the one I modeled above.

First of all, as you look at how her themes are advanced in the first story (as you attached), you might look at the narrator's details, as well as the author's rich, realistic dialogue for clues. For example, please note how Cisneros portrays so vividly how unstable life often is for immigrants and their families as they move constantly to find adequate housing and work to make ends meet. Her passage, "We did not always lived on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor; and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler is was Paulina, and before that I cannot remember. But what I remember most is moving a lot" seems to denote this constant state of movement and the effects on immigrants. What do you think?

Similarly, as you then compare this text to another work from literature, art, film, comic books, radio, or TV, I think the riveting film, "La Misma Luna," offers great ideas for comparison. If you have not seen the film, I encourage ...

Solution Summary

House on Mango Street is compared to modern genres.