The House on Mango Street is a novel about the challenges of living in cities where there is little to no access to basic necessities such as adequate shelter, electricity, food, and sanitation. It also uses imagery from a female viewpoint to present topics such as spatial belonging and gender roles. Its primary goal is to implement the condition of an inactive society in which social and individualistic drives become interconnected. It takes into account the communitarian limits that remain in society. It presents a philosophical debate on the communitarian theory, she re-invented (Cisneros, 1984). Summary The article notes that the radicalisation of ideas can lead to the formation of a community which transcends communitarian and other challenges to create a perfect community. It draws a link between individual and community drives which were also discussed in the book “The House on Mango Street.” A nomadic subject is presented which is more subjective especially to the reader as it shows the spatial movement. There is no stable nation and identity or some particular geographical base for the community. The members of the nomadic community have no positive stuff in common. Instead of sharing at least some possessions, they are sharing dispossessions, lack, and absence. It is a symbol of self, personification is clarified. The description of the house gives a picture of people who live in dreamland and dream in broad daylight. The communitarian linkage exterior to the reputation of the house can be materialized with the electrification of sparks. It presents the temporariness expected in a community that is inoperative (Salas, 2014).
The setting cannot be more pessimistic when it comes to the women roles. It presents an idea of how the different generations of women have had to relegate their domestic roles. The writer follows the direction of feminism. She gives an example of her mother in contrast to the grandmother. The grandmother did not succeed to get an education. The new generation decided to materialize their mothers’ wishes by spiralling the spontaneous artistic perspective into palpable professional writing (Rodríguez, 2014). This is the scenario presented by Sandra in her book “The House on Mango Street.” The article, therefore, draws a close link with the attached paper since their theme is one.
Cisneros, S. (1984). The House on Mango Street. New York: Vintage Books.
Salas, R.G. (2014). “Guiding a Community:” Unworking community in Sandra Cisneros’” The house on Mango Street. Revista de Estudios Norteamericanos, 18(1), 47-59.