The House on Mango Street - Minerva Writes Poems Summary & Analysis

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Minerva Writes Poems Summary

Minerva is a young girl in the neighborhood, just a touch older than Esperanza, who lives with a horrible stint of bad luck, according to the girls. She has two children and a husband who has run out on her. Esperanza and Minerva write poems together and talk about Minerva's husband who keeps running away. One day, Minerva comes over to Esperanza all black and blue. Yet, her husband returns, apologizes, and she takes him back. The fighting, beating, leaving, and returning occur on a regular basis.

Minerva Writes Poem Analysis

Minerva, again, represents another role that Esperanza is lucky to escape. While Minerva is slightly older than Esperanza, she inhabits a role far too old for any young teenager to hold. Perhaps, she helps Esperanza explore her poetry, or perhaps she helps Esperanza realize what type of life she never wants to...

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