Esperanza and her family encounter so many conflicts in this story that it's hard to identify who (or what) exactly is getting in the way of Esperanza's success as a character. Here are just a few examples:
But even with all these forces at work, we kind of think that Esperanza is an antagonist to herself. Hear us out. The whole book is about Esperanza maturing and coming to terms with many difficult issues in society. And it is Esperanza who gets in the way of this task all the way through.
How many instances can you find when Esperanza gets in her own way?