House on Mango Street

27a. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

27a. What is the significance of the dog crying and the bird flying in the window?

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In the chapter "Three Sisters", the theme is superstition and the cultural value of mysticism. For example, the baby's approaching death is symbolized by the crying dog and the flight of a yellow bird through an open window. The old ladies predict Esperanza's good fortune based on the luck of her name and the power revealed in her palms.