House on Mango Street

What is the significance of the sky, the butterflies, and the flowers ?


" Darius and the clouds"

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This chapter shows that everyone has their own inner spirituality, and that God can be found in the simple things that even the poor have, such as sky. This chapter is another example of the theme of making "the best of it." They sky is a metaphor for the life's best and most elusive offerings- comfort, beauty, and spirituality. To Esperanza, sky can make you "drunk" with happiness and "keep you safe when you are sad." Sky is a natural defense, and she feels that her neighborhood does not have as much protection as others: "here there is too much sadness and not enough sky." But as Darius points out, even Mango Street, has what it needs- a spirit of protection above them.