House on Mango Street
A prince and a princess unite to create the dream; however the dream is controlled by the prince that has an eye to dominate the dream of the woman. The Women who have became stronger through years still turn towards fairy tales to receive answers. They want their lives to become a fairy tale, and so women turn to depend solely on a man to save them in their lives, as how traditionally and in modern fairytales both depict for this to happen. The painting “Diego and I”(Mexican Painting) shows the dominance over the woman over a man’s eye.
The third eye is in the middle of the forehead and that was all needed to dominate the life of the woman. The major feature of the society status is the dominance of a man. Sandra Cisneros is concerned with different aspects of life connecting to race, class, and genders, in House on Mango Street. Women expect to wait for the men to dominate their lives into a fairy tale of happily ever after. Men become saviors to the women, that’s makes the women dream beyond the limits they aren’t aware off.
Marin, a young girl who lives to dream believes in meeting someone “who might marry you and take you to live in a big house far away” (26). Marin feels as if she was in a prison and wants to be saved by a prince: a man who will marry her and take care of her- leaving the prison and going far away. The specific detail of far away implies the freedom she gains from the trapped place she is in currently. To gain this freedom is to find a man and marry him who he will then be in charge of Marin, the fact that he is in charge of Marin’s freedom determines the authority of her life.
She believes that a man won’t be the man to dominate her life but instead become the key to her freedom. Marin is the oldest in Mango Street and gives advice to the girls living in Mango Street including Esperanza, she teaches Esperanza all about working and the world, informing her also how men work “Boys to see us and for us to see them” (27). Marin gives a source of handling men having the men be there for each individual as well as to be there for them creating contact to them that something should be given to as an exchange.
Having men spot the women gives open opportunities to the men to dominate because they see the women are exposed to the man and rely on them. Marin has a boyfriend back in Puerto Rico but keeps the hopes that she might have someone in America to save her from the situation she is in. Marin’s desperation to better her life leads her to manipulative action in her dealings with men. She is a beautiful lady who wants to be rescued and “is waiting for a car to stop, a star to fall, someone to change her life” (27).
Marin’s falling star is the car that will stop and take her away, the man who will change her life. Marin has chosen to sell herself, dancing outside waiting for that car to stop outside in the night and wait for the falling star, the star that will one day appear and conquer her dream. This metaphor compares a man with a falling star to give chances to happen, taken her away she places all her hope in a dream savior that most likely doesn’t exist. Women hinge on to men rationalizing they would save them, showing the type of waiting woman.
Females are usually the sensitive, hopeful, and patient ones, and it causes the loss of happiness into depression because they are waiting for that someone to bloom them into a dream. Rafaela is stunning and it’s a curse to her life. She married a man to escape the life living at home but now her husband is too protective of herself and doesn’t let her socialize. He locks her in the apartment and doesn’t even let her look out the window; he is scared she will run away with someone else because she is beautiful.
When Rafaela’s husband is out playing dominoes with his friends on Tuesday nights, “Rafaela leans out the window and leans on her elbow and dreams her hair like Rapunzel” (79). Rafaela exposes herself to the outside world yet hoping she will be rescued again by another man. She wants to be rescued by another man hopping he isn’t like all other me who trao her in the “castle”. Her position determines the sadness gaze outside but in desperate needs. Rafaela murmurs through her eyes, the distance she has now of a being a child into a woman.
Rafaela is a young girl and she resents being treated like a caged animal that forces her to tell the kids to buy her sweet drinks to sweeten her childhood once again. Since she never really had a childhood because that too has also been dominated by the man, she tries to revive it by bringing in sweets from drinks. However the metaphor of Rafaela dreams her hair like Rapunzel, makes her become a reinterpretation of a fairytale, who she images to be Rapunzel. Ironically, the prince is the culprit, and not the savior.
However she cannot forget the promise of another man who will change Rafaela’s life, and become the prince in “Rapunzel. ” She is locked in a tower of submission, her life ticking away waiting for a man, causing the women to be classified as disabled life takers. Sally is another girl who has also been caged away from her childhood and merely depends on a man to save her from her father. Her father is afraid Sally will leave him like all his other daughters and doesn’t want her to have a man besides her. She “paints her eyes like Cleopatra” (81) that determines the coverage of her bruises.
Painting her eyes like Cleopatra frames the beauty of makeup to cover up what’s behind in this case the beating from her father because of fear he has that Sally would leave his side. Sally paints her eyes, so a man wouldn’t notice when she is outside of her house for a man to love her and take her away from her father so she wouldn’t paint her eyes to conceal the damage. Esperanza is a girl who has low self-esteem still very optimistic of having a house of her own the day she says she can be proud, decides to become independent on Mango Street.
She knows these stories of thinking a man will revive your dream to a lifetime situation, but that’s not the case for Esperanza. Esperanza has “decided not to grow up to live like everybody else who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain” (88). Esperanza believe that men will trap women and make them suffer the promises they use to conquer individuals, the freedom they give women are all lies it’s a trap so women can fall for it and become their puppets. She refused to either tame herself or wait for a man.
She wants to create individually by not following what women believe the easy way out-men. Even though she lives in a neighborhood where all women depend on their man to save them like fairytales, she doesn’t believe so. Esperanza believes she can be someone different and she could dominate her own life without a man, which is unordinary because women ask for support of the man. The description of herself not wanting to lay her neck on the threshold creates a symbol of her not wanting to fall to the prison the men have and she refuses to wait for the ball and chain so she cannot become the salve to the man.
In general many women believe in men who can transform magically lives into paradise so women let men have control over them, believing this way they would save them from the prison they live in but await for something shoddier. Women don’t think of the possibilities that men are the opposite to the prince in the tales, however in reality women are blinded by the hope of a myth to happen. Fairytales create dreams and the rise of hope, hoping of something impossible because it isn’t what it looks like. Mamasita is a woman who lived in a country and was brought to the United States because of her husband.
He “saved and saved because she was alone with the baby boy in that country” (76). Mamasita was excited to come and urged her husband to save money and bring her because she felt alone she wanted to come and become reunited with her husband. She dreamed that United States would be amazing that it would be her fairytale come true once she gets here. However, she wanted to go back home, she wanted United States wasn’t what it seemed to be in her mind, she never left her home, she would always be in her apartment and never leave especially since she didn’t know English.
Her husband would always say “we are home” (78) creating the lost hopes from her desperation to go back home. The man controls where the woman is going to be. He decides home indicating that he established her position; now she has to live with it. Saying we are home created a mind confusion in her perspective of her fairytale. He “had torn the only skinny thread that kept her alive” (78). This explains the hope he has taken away from her. He dominated the hope, that the women gave access to, and killed it. The skinny thread symbolized the hope of chances to go back home to her country and be happy.
The thread was torn the hope was killed by her savior that kept her hope alive, but now she’s living a nightmare. Women especially dream because they believe in their hopes, but the men dominate their hopes and kill the hope to their dreams to become true. Men wait for women to call for them, to become saviors to them and lead them into their dreams, but pursing the nightmare in between. The domination of the man toward the women creates the third eye that has control over the women controlling where, when, and what she is suppose to do.
Fairytales are tales that depend on men, and women have hoped to believe in these tales because they have nothing else to believe in. When believing in these tales they bring up the expectations of the dominance of a man creating their lives to ecstasy. Believing in them is something they depend on men, and believe they will fail if they are independent, example a single mom. The irony of these tales is that in life when men dominate lives of women they dominated the entrance of the fairy-tale as well. Women become trapped in the dreams that lead them to believe in a magical place found in dreaming.