Her Place by the Window

How does the author use language to convey her purpose in her story “My Name”? In this story, an exerpt from the book, The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros uses diction and comparison to illustrate the idea that Esperanza thinks that her name doesn’t truly represent who she is as a person. The author starts the story saying, “In Spanish [my name] means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color” (10). She relates her name to things that bring her sadness and uses synthetic analogies to help the reader understand how she truly feels.  Esperanza explains that she”inherited her [grandmother’s] name,” and then describes her grandmothers depression. She compares her life to her grandmothers and she is upset because she doesn’t want to be chained down like her grandmother was. She “doesn’t want to inherit her place by the window” (11).


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