Consider the vignettes we've recently read.
Post questions here.
Make connections to previous discussions.
Make inferences concerning these characters and the conflicts that continue to develop.
Think about the conversations we’ve had about human rights, the American Dream, gender struggles related to certain cultures and socioeconomic levels. If you need some help getting started, answer some of these questions.
§What are some hard lessons Esperanza learns in this section?
§In “No Speak English”, what is the first physical characteristic that Esperanza notices and again mentions when she sees Mamacita? What does this fact help us understand about gender and and hope and opportunities for women?
§What does Rafaela ask the girls to buy her that they hoist up to her on a clothesline? What is Cisneros' concern about girls and marriage (from this section)?
§How is Sally treated at home? What does this vignette help us understand about safety and Mango Street and the future?
§Why does Esperanza want to be “Beautiful and Cruel”?
§Why does Esperanza’s mother say she dropped out of school? What does this teach Esperanza about the need for education?
§Why might the term “smart cookie” be ironic given this vignette?
§Because life is like *blank*, how do they each deal with this life differently? Explain now why you think Esperanza wants something different. Looking at these women’s situations, is it possible for them to have done things differently? If so, what could/should they have done differently? Could all of them have been released from this existence? If not, why not?