How does Cisneros portray women in the story and how does this help Esperanza distinguish herself from the women in her community and the female stereotype?Intro: Esperanza’s perception of the characters in the story, the role of women in the community, and the female stereotype have influenced her to take charge of her own life and distinguish herself from the women who are trapped on Mango Street.”My Name”, “Rafaela Who Drinks…”, and “Minerva Writes Poems”, display the idea of housebound wives sitting by the window and getting old. Esperanza does not want to become another wife sitting by the window.”A Smart Cookie”, “Marin”, and Sally’s vignettes, show characters who have had broken dreams and lost opportunities. Esperanza pushes herself to work towards her dreams and shape her future.”Alicia Who Sees Mice”, “The First Job”, and “Three Sisters”, show the character Alicia and Esperanza breaking the female stereotype and working towards their goal for a better future.”Alicia & I Talking on Edna’s Steps”, “A House of My Own”, and “Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes”, represent Esperanza’s triumph over the female stereotype and accomplishment in leaving Mango Street. In a way to leave Mango Street is to leave behind the female stereotype.Body Paragraph 1:TS: Cisneros portrays women as housebound wives who have been trapped into the female stereotype while alluding to fairy tales and folklore to strengthen the idea of a woman’s destiny to enter the marital status with a neglectful or abusive man.P1: My Name: “My great-grandmother. I would’ve liked to have known her, a wild horse of a woman, so wild she wouldn’t marry. Until my great-grandfather threw a sack over her head and carried her off.”, “She looked out the window her whole life.”, “Esperanza. I have inherited her name, but I don’t want to inherit her place by the window.” – allusion to the fairytale of Rapunzel and the eventuality of a woman sitting by the window. Esperanza’s name reminds her of her great-grandmother and how she doesn’t want to end up like her.P2: Rafaela Who Drinks…: “Rafaela who is still young but getting old from leaning out the window so much, gets locked indoors because her husband is afraid Rafaela will run away.”, “Rafaela leans out the window and leans on her elbow and dreams her hair is like Rapunzel’s.” – another allusion to the fairytale of Rapunzel and leaning out the window as a housebound wife.P3: Minerva writes poems: “Minerva is only a little bit older than me but already she has two kids and a husband who left.”, “Minerva. I don’t know which way she’ll go. There is nothing I can do.” – Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom of war but held down by a man. A representation of the reality that women are trapped at a young age, Minerva has been trapped and Esperanza can’t help but she can change her own fate.P4: There Was An Old Woman…: “Rosa Vargas’ kids are too many and too much. It’s not her fault you know, except she is their mother and only one against so many.”, “They are bad those Vargases, and how can they help it with only one mother who is tired all the time from buttoning and bottling and babying, and who cries every day for the man who left without even leaving a dollar for bologna or a note explaining how come.” – Rosa Vargas represents a much older version of the housebound wife, her spirit has been broken to the extent that she doesn’t care much for her kids. An example for Esperanza of someone with a broken heart and spirit because of the female stereotype.Body Paragraph 2:TS: Cisneros enhances the idea of the female stereotype by presenting the broken dreams and lost opportunities of women who have let their lives be determined by the men who married them.P1: A Smart Cookie: “I could’ve been somebody you know? My mother says and sighs.”, “She used to draw when she had time. Now she draws with a needle and a thread, little knotted rosebuds, tulips made of silk thread.” – Esperanza’s own mother has inherited her great-grandmother’s place by the window. Her mother had potential but she made the wrong choice and lost the opportunity to do something better.P2: Marin: “Marin’s boyfriend is in Puerto Rico. She shows us his letters and makes us promise not to tell anybody they’re getting married when she goes back to P.R.”, “Marin says that if she stays here next year, she’s going to get a real job downtown because that’s where the best jobs are, since you always get to look beautiful and et to wear nice clothes and can meet someone in the subway who might marry you and take you to live in a big house far away.”, “Marin, under the streetlight, dancing by herself, is singing the same song somewhere. I know. Is waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall, someone to change her life.” – allusion to shooting star folklore, that a shooting star will grant you a wish. Marin’s goal is to find someone who can change her life, rather than changing it herself. Esperanza understands that the reality of being married in this community is very different.P3: Sally: “Sally, do you sometimes wish you didn’t have to go home? Do you wish you feet would one day keep walking and take you far away from Mango Street?”, Without the whole world waiting for you to make a mistake when all you wanted, all you wanted, Sally, was to love and to love and to love and to love, and no one could call that crazy.” – Esperanza’s own thoughts on Sally’s hopes and dreams, projecting her own feelings when she talks about her feet taking her away from Mango Street.P4: Linoleum Roses: “She says she is in love, but I think she did it to escape.”, “Except he won’t let her talk on the telephone. And he doesn’t let her look out the window. And he doesn’t like her friends, so nobody gets to visit her unless he is working.”, “She likes looking at the walls, at how neatly their corners meet, the linoleum roses on the floor, and ceiling smooth as wedding cake.” – the idea of a woman sitting by the window is ridiculed here as Sally cannot even do that in her marriage. Sally looks at the linoleum roses on the floor and the ceiling smooth as wedding cake perhaps because she still dreams of a real wedding and for someone to become the person she dreamed of.Body Paragraph 3:TS: However, Cisneros presents the idea of women taking charge of their own lives and working towards their dreams rather than submitting to the female stereotype of the community.P1: Alicia Who Sees Mice: “Alicia, who inherited her mama’s rolling pin and sleepiness, is young and smart and studies for the first time at the university” – the idea of inheriting a woman’s place at the window or in the kitchen, yet Alicia still works hard and studies to change her future. Alicia can be seen as a role model for Esperanza, someone who has the same perception as her of the other women in the community.P2: The First Job: “I needed money. The Catholic high school costs a lot, and Papa said nobody went to public school unless you wanted to turn out bad.”, “I thought I’d find an easy job, the kind other kids had, working in the dime story or maybe a hotdog stand.” – Esperanza’s understanding of the female stereotype has led her to work hard so she does not fall into the stereotype like the other women have.P3: Elenita, Cards, Palm, Water: “My whole life on that kitchen table: past, present, future.”, “What about a house, I say, because that’s what I came for.” – Esperanza is looking towards the future in the form of Elenita’s fortune telling. P4: Three Sisters: “Esperanza… a good good name.”, “She’s special. Yes, she’ll go very far. Yes, yes, hmmm. Make a wish. A wish? Yes make a wish. What do you want? Anything? I said. Well, Why not? I closed my eyes.”, “You must remember to come back. For the ones who cannot leave as easily as you.” – another form of fortune telling but in a more mysterious way. The sentence, “for the ones who cannot leave as easily as you”, implies that Esperanza has had little to no toil, however she has had to work hard rather than simply dream like the other women do.Body Paragraph 4:TS: Cisneros continually alludes to a woman’s desire for a fairy tale ending, however Esperanza’s development both emotionally and physically have separated her from the other women in the community, and what she thinks is a happy ending.P1: Alicia & I Talking on Edna’s Steps: “No, this isn’t my house I say and shake my head as if shaking could undo the year I’ve lived here. I don’t belong.”, “No, Alicia says. Like it or not you are Mango Street, and one day you’ll come back too.” – Esperanza wants to separate herself from Mango Street altogether, but Alicia tells her that she can only be different from the people that live here, she cannot pretend she isn’t a part of this community.P2: A House of My Own: “Not a flat. Not an apartment in back. Not a man’s house. Not a daddy’s. A house all on my own. With my porch and my pillow, my pretty purple petunias. My books and my stories. My two shoes waiting beside the bed. Nobody to shake a stick at. Nobody’s garbage to pick up after. Only a house quiet as snow, a space for myself to go, clean as paper before the poem.” – the vignette A House Of My Own is a representation of what Esperanza has worked for since the beginning of the story, a house of her own. Her triumph over the female stereotype has led her to own a house all to herself without anyone to control her or make her sit by the window. Not the fairy tale ending many women dream of, but a better ending that most women have.P3: Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes: “Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler is was Paulina, but what I remember most is Mango Street, sad red house, the house I belong but do not belong to.” – Esperanza has accepted her ties to Mango Street and understands that the experiences she had on Mango Street have helped her to leave Mango Street and break the female stereotype.