Coming of Age Stories
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Compare and/or contrast an aspect(s) of Esperanza’s coming of age in The House on Mango Street with Pai’s coming of age in the film Whale Rider, taking into account the kind of worlds they both live in, their desires and forming, identities, as well as what is expected of them as female members of their respective societies. You might also discuss, or even focus on how each of them defies these expectations. Please incorporate at least two excerpts from The House on Mango Street, and at least one of the important lines ( on the attached page) from Whale Rider(or your own choice if you can remember, or want to watch the movie again):
For shorter quotation use the following format:
In the novel’s first vignette ” The House on Mango Street” after being embarrassed by the nun from school. Esperanza confides, “I knew then i had to have a house. A real house. One I could point to this is the reader’s first indication of how much a house means to Esperanza: in other words a place where she can feel safe and be herself.
For longer quotations use the following format:
Sandra Cisneros ” The House on Mango Street” depicts life for the narrator, Esperanza, in an unsympathetic patriarchal society where:
The boys and girls live in separate worlds. The boys in their universe and we in ours, my brothers for example. They’ve got plenty to say to Nenn and me inside the house. But outside they can’t be seen talking to girls. Carlos and Kiki are each other’s best friend…not ours. This passage from the vignette ” Boys and Girls” perhaps a foreshadowing of Esperanza’s eventual defiance of this patriarchy the readers first hint about her forming identity.
The research paper must also include the following:
2 pieces of literary criticism about the House on Mango Street
1 periodical book review on The House on Mango Street
1 periodical film review on Whale Rider