Study Guide

The House on Mango Street Characters

By Sandra Cisneros

Esperanza Cordero

Esperanza is the heart and soul of this story – she's our protagonist and narrator, and the...

Sally

The most notable thing about Sally is that she's a bombshell. She's the gorgeous girl that all...

Nenny Cordero

Nenny is Esperanza's kid sister. Too young to get Esperanza's jokes or keep her secrets, Nenny is...

Mama and Papa

It's clear from her description of her parents that Esperanza feels a lot of affection for them...

Alicia

Alicia is an older girl in the neighborhood who studies at the university. Alicia's mother died,...

Carlos and Keeky Cordero

Esperanza doesn't say much about her little brothers, Carlos and Keeky, except that they follow...

Cathy

Cathy is a big snob. She befriends Esperanza when the Cordero family moves to Mango Street, but...

Lucy and Rachel

Esperanza meets Lucy and Rachel shortly after moving into the house on Mango Street. The sisters...

Aunt Lupe

Esperanza's Aunt Lupe used to be beautiful like Joan Crawford, until she was struck down by a...

Meme Ortiz

Meme Ortiz is the new kid on the block. His real name is Juan, but he goes by Meme. Just like...

Minerva

Minerva is a girl not much older than Esperanza, but she's already married and has two kids....

Sire

Sire is the first boy who stares at Esperanza in the way that boys stare at Marin. He makes her...