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The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

by Sandra Cisneros

Innocence Quotes

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Quote #1

Do you like these shoes? But the truth is it is scary to look down at your foot that is no longer yours and see attached a long long leg. (17.7)

Dressing up in grown-up shoes is both fun and scary for Esperanza and her friends. The shoes make their own feet look alien to them. The description of the little girls' "long long leg[s]" is disturbingly sexualized – we get the same creepy feeling that we do when we see toddlers wearing makeup in a beauty pageant.

Quote #2

Them are dangerous, he says. You girls too young to be wearing shoes like that. Take them shoes off before I call the cops, but we just run. (17.13)

The high-heeled shoes act as a sort of magic talisman that transforms the little girls into women – a dangerous transformation, as Mr. Benny notes, because the little girls aren't ready for the sexualized world of adulthood.

Quote #3

All night the boy who is a man watches me dance. He watched me dance. (19.8)

For the first time, Esperanza notices a boy watching her, and she seems both mystified and pleased by the experience.

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