The House on Mango Street
The Home Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Home. Home. Home is a house in a photograph, a pink house, pink as hollyhocks with lots of startled light. The man paints the walls of the apartment pink, but it's not the same, you know. She still sighs for her pink house, and then I think she cries. I would. (30.9)
Esperanza is able to relate to Mamacita's feelings of isolation and longing for home.
¡Ay caray! We are home. This is home. Here I am and here I stay. Speak English. Speak English. Christ! (30.14)
For Mamacita and her husband, both immigrants, the idea of home is linked to being able to speak the same language as the people in their community.
She sits at home because she is afraid to go outside without his permission. She looks at all the things they own: the towels and the toaster, the alarm clock and the drapes. She likes looking at the walls, at how neatly their corners meet, the linoleum roses on the floor, the ceiling smooth as wedding cake. (40.3)
Sally's new house doesn't feel much like a home – it feels more like a cage.