Jorge Ramos’s acclaim tell us all about this touching book and the struggle of all immigrants “The House on Mango Street has given a voice to all of us who have made the United States home, while never forgetting where we come from”.
Throughout the novel Cisneros gives a voice to the Latinos immigrants, the ones who live in poor neighborhoods, between borders where the people are scared to go “Those who don’t know any better come into our neighborhood scared. They think we’re dangerous.” Esperanza observes the people around here and realizes that they are like the “skinny trees” on her street. I believe, the whole chapter “Four Skinny Trees” represents for something else, a powerful comparison, the immigrants who do not belong to this country, but here they are and will not go away despite all the struggle and homesickness. The trees are skinny with pointy elbows, like her people and their strength is secret, the same as the Latinos. “Four skinny trees with skinny necks and pointy elbows like mine. Four who do not belong here but are here. Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep.” Esperanza compares herself to the trees on her street. She thinks that both she and the trees do not belong in this neighborhood, but are stuck there anyway. At the same way, the trees inspire her because they drown despite the concrete all around them.
Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. New York. Vintage Books, 1984. Print