The House on Mango Street - Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays Summary & Analysis

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Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays Summary

Rafaela is a young beautiful woman who lives down the street from Esperanza. She is married to an older man, who constantly locks her inside. Esperanza sees her because she is always staring out the window, sitting on her elbows, wishing that she were Rapunzel or some other woman who could go and dance at the club down the street. In exchange for a dollar, Esperanza and her friend purchase Coconut and Papaya juice for her often, and give it to her via a paper bag on a string.

Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays Analysis

Rafaela represents the sad lonely woman Esperanza describes at the onset of the book. She is the woman Esperanza never wants to become, fighting that presence, that birthright (according to her name...

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