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The House on Mango Street


Cisneros has established herself as a striking observer of human character in this work. Told from the eyes of the author as a young girl, Cisneros points out just how strong the social conditioning of our environment is upon the view we have of our own capabilities and potential. If others tell you that you cannot amount to anything because of where you live or what your father does for a living, then it might turn out that you actually start to believe the lie. Cisneros demonstrates that individual determination can overcome the designs and plans that others carefully lay for our life.

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