House on Mango Street

What is the symbolic about Angel's name ?


" There Was An Old Women She Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What To Do"


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This chapter is a criticism of closing ones eyes to people in need, even to those who refuse to be helped. Through her poignant imagery, Esperanza hints at the dangers of failing to see others as human beings. The "day Angel Vargas learned to fly" is euphemistic imagery symbolizing a fall to his death. Esperanza evokes the image of failed chance that she used for Marin- "a fallen star." The tragedy of his death is how nobody seemed to care, not even the child himself who "exploded down to earth without even an 'Oh'." Indeed, this chapter ends in the tragedy of a child's death; the fact that it happened when people stopped caring is a strong social criticism.