I’m studying for my English class and need an explanation.
One original post of 300 to 500 words must be completed by 11:59 pm on Thursday, 6/25/20.
for this post I’d like you to consider identity is Sandra Cisneros’ House on Mango Street. What issues of identity are explored in HOMS, through the character Esperanza or others? While Esperanza is the main character, a lot of the novel’s focus is on others living on Mango Street– what is the impact of focusing on those who make up the community around Esperanza? Is the perspective omniscient, limited to her world view, or somewhere in-between? What is the impact of that? What features of Esperanza’s identity does Cisneros seem to present as the most important? How specifically is that importance emphasized (through form, language, scenarios– what details within them all?)? What other themes or concepts begin to appear alongside the development of Esperanza’s identity, and how do they relate to/directly impact/complicate the basic issues of adolescence being discussed? What seems to be Cisneros’ overall goal with her story? Who is her audience? How do we know? What new aspects does the form of the “vignette” (the short, poetic, seemingly disconnected chapters) bring to the conversation? What is she trying to convey in telling this story, about identity or otherwise, and how is that made clear to the reader? You’ll notice these questions are the same as last week’s discussion. Persepolis and HOMS are exploring the same central idea– the formation of identity in a challenging cultural environment. However, the way they do so, the reason for doing so, and the result/impact each text has is vastly different. So, I pose the same questions as the last discussion, but after posting for this week it may help you to compare your analysis of this text to that of Persepolis– this could reveal some new and interesting insights about the effects of each text.
Besides reflecting on the novel alone, try to bring in the ideas from our Gee readings this week as well. Gee presents an interesting way of examining identity in his essays. It is not necessarily a new concept, but a new way at looking at an old concept to better expose important issues for conversation. The categorization of identity can be limiting, but it can also help to contextualize and break down a rather abstract concept. How can Gee’s concepts be applied to HOMS? How does Cisneros’ argument in her novel relate to Gee’s observations regarding the systematic influences on identity? How might Cisneros’ story support Gee’s theories? Are there ways in which the two differ? How can Gee’s article help us better understand the character of Esperanza, the influences on her identity that Cisneros highlights, and the argument that Cisneros is making through her?
As with all of these posts, you may also pull in additional discussion regarding the text overall: it may be an aspect of the reading that you found most interesting, an aspect of the reading you don’t understand, a close reading of a specific section, a connection to other readings or things outside of the class that you feel relate, a questions that the text left unanswered, a disagreement with the text, etc. You should be writing to the directions above, but you may add on as you please, my main goal being that you are thinking critically about what you read.
For all discussion posts, I do ask that you cite directly (and properly, in MLA) from the text to support your claims.