Parents are very influential in the way their child views his or her surroundings. The majority of children get their thoughts, ideas and views from their parents. When poverty is present in a child?s life it tends to shape the way he or she view things in the world. Finally, the immediate surroundings or environment can have an impact on a child?s views. In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Esperanza is faced with these three aspects in her childhood. Esperanza?s lack of parental guidance, the poverty surrounding her, and the environment she lives in influence the way she views life.
Raising a child is sometimes a difficult task. Children are often adventurous in seeking answers to the questions they have about life and where they fit in. Parents have the responsibility of answering these questions, and these answers are often opinionated which provide the child with the same views as the parent. Esperanza views her mother as a pretty, warm loving person: ?my mother?s hair, my mothers hair, like little rosettes, like little candy circles all curly and pretty because she pinned it in pincurls all day, sweet
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