House on Mango Street

Why does her father tell her the mice don't exist ?


"Alicia Who Sees Mice"

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Alicia's treatment by her father is an example of the machismo stereotypes that would keep Alicia a servant in her own home like the mother before her. Her father's suggestion that her existence should be sleep and housework manifest the sexist ideal that a higher education is wasted on a woman. He wants Alice to only think what he wants her to think. He wants to question Alice's fears.