The House on Mango Street

What similarities do Rafaela and Esperanza's great grandmother share?

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Eserpanza's Great Grandmother had been a wild woman in her younger years, until she was married. Esperanza never wants to regret her life and decisions like her namesake, and secretly wishes to change her name.

Rafaela is a beautiful woman entrapped in a bad marriage. She waits alone all day, looking outside the window. And on Tuesdays, she drops money down to Esperanza and her friends to buy her some Coconut and Papaya Juice.

Both were in marriages that didn't allow them to be who they were and tried to suppress their natural creativity and intelligence.