The House on Mango Street - Study Guide Edna's Ruthie Summary & Analysis

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Edna's Ruthie Summary

Edna is the most exciting adult in the neighborhood and the only woman who plays with Esperanza and her friends. One day, her daughter, Ruthie appears, and moves into her house. The girls play with Ruthie and enjoy spending time with their new friend. However, they never understand why Ruthie lives with her mother when she has a husband and a house somewhere else. Esperanza loves to show Ruthie her books from the library and even tries to recite some of the lines of poetry to her. Ruthie tears when she hears Esperanza speaking, and tells her that it must be nice to read and nice to have such beautiful teeth. Then, Ruthie disappears into her house.

Edna's Ruthie Analysis

The neighbor, Ruthie, introduces Esperanza into an even deeper class clash. As Esperanza blossoms, she also develops a stronger sense of self and sense of...

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