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In Chapter One, we learn that Esperanza has every luxury she could want and therefore, her perspective is full of wonder and hope. Her parents have provided well for Esperanza, and her world revolves around them and the family's farm. Papa is strong - a protector - and he is generous with birthday gifts. Esperanza sees her Mama as beautiful and believes that she can heal all wounds. Her Abuelita, meanwhile, possesses a soothing wisdom. Because of her strong family structure, Esperanza has never experienced hardship. However, her father's untimely death shatters her innocence.