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House on Mango Street: Chp. 17-21 (pg. 39-55)
The House on Mango Street Important Characters
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She is embarrassed by her family's current home and constantly wishes to have a new house of her own, far away from the slums of Mango Street. As she grows up, she meets various people indicative of her neighborhood and influential in her growth. She feels like an ugly duckling, loves to write, and wants to protect those who she loves. Esperanza loves to write down all her stories and realizes that even if she escapes to a better life, she must always remember her youth, her upbringing, and the place from which she came: Mango Street. Nenny: Nenny is Esperanza's little sister and constant companion. Short for Magdalena, Nenny accompanies her sister on her various escapades and experiences on Mango Street, meeting new people and learning new things. Rachel: Rachel is Lucy's little sister, and has difficulty pronouncing English phrases.
Cathy claims to be related to the queen of France and hopes to go to France someday to inherit the family house. She tells Esperanza about the other people on Mango Street and disparages nearly all of them. Esperanza sacrifices her friendship with Cathy by pitching in for a bike that she will share with her two new friends, Lucy and Rachel. Esperanza knows she eventually must share her friends and bike with her sister Nenny, since she took money from Nenny to help pay for the bike, but for now, she decides to wait and keep her new friends to herself. The three girls ride their new bike together around the block, and Esperanza describes the geography of the neighborhood. Esperanza explains that although she and Nenny do not look alike as Lucy and Rachel do, they do have a lot in common.
Toggle navigation. Esperanza - young Mexican-American narrator, sister of Nenny, Carlos, and Kiki, who lives with her family on Mango Street and records her feelings during her first year there. She realizes that not only does she want to live somewhere better someday, but she wants to help others escape as well. Rachel and Lucy - Esperanza's friends who live across the street. They buy a bike together, jump rope, and walk through the neighborhood in high heels. Sally - classmate of Esperanza who is very beautiful, so her father hits her when he catches her talking to a boy. Eventually she marries an older man who moves her away.