House on Mango Street

House on Mango Street "Boys and Girls"

In "Boys & Girls," Esperanza describes herself as "a balloon tied to an anchor." [9] What are the connotations of this metaphor, and what does it tell you about Esperanza? Where else in the book does Cisneros use images and metaphors associated with the sky? What ideas do these recurring images evoke? Where else does Sandra Cisneros use related images to suggest complicated themes?

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Esperanza wants to fly and explore her limitless potential. The anchor of her family and culture keeps her grounded on Mango street.

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