The House on Mango Street

How does Esperanza feel about The First Job?

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Esperanza lies in order to secure her first job. While it should be based on excitement and preparation for her future, this job is full of confusion and indecision. She is too young to work; yet, she goes to a job. She is too young to feel comfortable with the adults in the lunchroom, so she hides in the coatroom. The excitement of working, like the previous excitement of meeting boys, wearing high heels, dancing at weddings, and eating in the lunch room at school, are all met with disappointment. Likewise, this first experience of work is also met with sadness and disappointment.

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The House on Mango Street