No matter the day in age, people growing up within areas enveloped in poverty seem to be living the same stories. Closed in living spaces, questionable streets, and teenagers itching to make it out into the world; somewhere other than where they are currently living.
In the House on Mango Street, Esperanza is one of the many people trying to move through this way of life as best as she can while yearning to escape Mango street. As the book moves through characters, we see that Esperanza is not the only one who wishes to overcome living in this area. Reading this book, I was able to understand what growing up in conditions such as these ones may have entailed, let alone how it could be so hard to leave and move on from a life like that.
Growing up in a white family and predominately upper-class areas, I was completely shielded by what living in an area of poverty may have been like and assumed that people who were living in situations such as Mango Street were just not trying hard enough to build a life for themselves. However, as I have grown I have realized that is not the case. It seems that when many people have grown in poverty stricken areas, it is almost as if they are permanently stuck. Towards the end of the story, an old woman tells Esperanza, “When you leave, you must remember always to come back” (Cisneros 105). This passage stands for those that are in fact, stuck. There are few people who are able to make it “out” of this lifestyle once born into it, and the old women believe that Esperanza is one of those people. Because of this, the book is highlighting the importance of dependency. There are ways to make it out of a rather dark situation and this can definitely include a boost from someone else.