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3. Why does Esperanza say, “ I wanted to will my blood to stop my heart to quit its pumping.” Esperanza says “I wanted to will my blood to stop my heart to quit its pumping” because when Esperanza tried to save Sally from the boys by confronting the boys with a brick and sticks, Sally and the boys laugh at her and tell her to go away. She then hides beneath a tree and tries to will her heart to stop which means she wanted to die and to be dead. But when she finally got up, she looked at her feet, which look clunky and unfamiliar. She said that the garden seems unfamiliar too. Red Clowns p. 99 – 100 1. What happened to Esperanza? Why is she angry with Sally? Esperanza was sexually assaulted by a group of boys at a carnival. At one point, during the carnival, Sally disappears with an older boy. While Esperanza waits for Sally to return, a group of non-Latino boys sexually attacks Esperanza. She is traumatized and keeps hearing the voice of one of the boys saying mockingly, “I love you, Spanish girl.” She blames Sally for abandoning her and not being there to save her. Linoleum Roses p. 101 - 102 1. How old is Sally when she marries? What won’t Sally’s husband let her do? Sally marries a much older salesman who has to take her to another state where it is legal to marry girls who are under fourteen. She was married before eighth grade. Esperanza believes Sally married to escape her house. Sally claims to be happy because her husband sometimes gives her money, but her husband sometimes becomes violent and angry as well. He does not let her go out, talk on the phone, see her friends, or even look out the window. Sally spends her days sitting at home and looking at the things around her. The Three Sister’s p. 103 – 105 1. One of the aunts tells Esperanza, “When you leave you must remember to come back for the others. A circle, understand.” What does she mean by this? For the sister’s to predict Esperanza’s future, the sisters read the future in Esperanza’s own hand, which made the prediction more personal. Esperanza did not yet left Mango Street physically, but she has left already spiritually, and the sisters sense this. They encourage her to be faithful to the experiences that have shaped her and sympathetic to those who lack her abilities and her will to escape. They want her to accept herself for who she is, including her name. So, Esperanza will come back to who she is and who she is with. She must come back to Mango Street and accept who she is and the people she surrounds herself with. Alicia & I talking on Edna’s Steps p. 106 – 107 1. Alicia says, “Like it or not you are Mango Street, and one day you’ll come back too.” What is she saying? Esperanza is jealous of Alicia because she has a town to call home, Guadalajara, and she will return there someday.
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