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The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street


by Sandra Cisneros

Meme Ortiz

Character Analysis

Meme Ortiz is the new kid on the block. His real name is Juan, but he goes by Meme. Just like Meme, his dog has two names – one in English, and one in Spanish. That's really all we know about Meme (well, OK, we also know about his tree-jumping skills), but his dual name is a commentary on identity for the Latino residents of Mango Street, especially the younger generation.