Societal norms are changed by abuse and confinement. Abuse and confinement negatively affects people’s roles and identity in society.
The theme of the novel, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is that male abuse and confinement negatively impacts women’s roles and identity in society. Male abuse, women’s roles, identity, and confinement is the main ideas. Bullying affects how people change in their life.In the novel, The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros explains how male abuse negatively impacts women. Esperanza tells the readers how Minerva, who is older than Esperanza, is getting abused by her husband, “But that night he comes back and sends a big rock through the window. Then he is sorry and she opens the door again.Same story, next week she comes over black and blue and asks what can she do?”This shows that Minerva is getting abused by her husband and doesn’t know what to do about it. This is important because Minerva is being abused and later says she can’t do anything about it which is negatively impacting her identity as the woman who is being abused by her husband.
Esperanza also tells the reader about Sally who is getting abused by her dad that just goes crazy and feels bad about it afterwards but does it again. ” But Sally doesn’t yell about that time he hit her with his hands just like a dog,she said, like if I was an animal.” This shows that Sally gets abused by her dad and she forgives him after. This is important because her dad beats her so bad she feels like she is an animal, not even a human anymore. This shows that male abuse is negatively affecting women’s roles and identity in society. In the book The House on Mango Street the author shows us that women’s roles are affected by male abuse.
The narrator tells the reader ” She has many troubles, but the big one is her husband who left and keeps leaving.” This shows that Minerva is trying all she can do but still has trouble as a women. This is important because men affect women roles in the story. Esperanza tells the reader that ” Alicia, who inherited her mamas rolling pin and sleepiness is young, smart and studies.
This shows that Alicia took on the roles of her mother as she got older. This is important because Alicia took on roles and duties of her mother as she aged. In conclusion women’s roles are negatively affected by male abuse and confinement. In the book House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros shows us how male abuse negatively impacts women’s identity in society. Ezperanza says “you become a different Sally, You pull your skirt straight, you rub the blue paint off your eyelids.” This shows us that before Sally goes home she has to remove her make up and pull her skirt down. This is important because she does not want her dad to hit her. Esperanza says “Alicia’s a good girl, my friend, studies all night and see’s the mice, the one her father says do not exist.
Is afraid of nothing except four-legged fur and father’s. This shows that Alicia is forced to think there is nothing there, by male dominance. This is important because it shows males using abuse to get power over a female. In conclusion male abuse negatively impacts women’s identity in society.
In the book House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros shows how confinement has trapped women in their homes, and stripped from the outside world. “And rafaela who is still young but getting old from leaning out the window so much, gets locked indoors because her husband is afraid she will run away since she is too beautiful to look at.” This shows that because men are insecure and controlling, they confine their wives they won’t lose them. “Until my great grandmother threw a sack over her head and carries her off. Story is she never forgave him.” This implies that in their culture women sometime are forced to be with men they don’t want to be with.
This theme is shown in the real world because of domestic violence. According to the huffington post, “domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.” This shows that victims of domestic violence have a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior. This is important because it shows the results of abuse.
According to the huffington post,”too many women have been held captive by domestic violence.” This shows confinement by violence. This is important because it connects the story to real life. In the story The House on Mango Street male abuse and confinement have trapped and stripped women from doing what they want.
In society, women’s identity and their roles are negatively impacted due to make abuse and confinement. There are many problem in society that will affect women and men negatively.