The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros - 1984 - Research Article from Literary Themes: Race and Prejudice

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The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros - 1984

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The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros resists classification, with reviewers and critics alike labeling it differently. At one hundred and ten pages, it is about the length of a novella, or short novel, but its pages have more white space than text, and headings frequently divide them. This suggests a collection of stories, though some entries are shorter than one page. Cisneros's use of language causes more questions of classification: it is not only insightful and moving, but evocative and poetic. Maybe, indeed, it is a book of prose poetry.

Ultimately, it fills each of these classifications at different times. Each of the forty-four vignettes (short literary sketches) can stand alone, sentences are often more like verse, and stories combine to give the larger perspective of a novel. In...

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