Study Guide

The House on Mango Street Chapter 9

By Sandra Cisneros

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Chapter 9

Meme Ortiz

  • Meme Ortiz and his family move into Cathy's old house when she moves away.
  • Meme's real name is Juan. He has a sheepdog who also has two names – one in English, and one in Spanish.
  • The house Meme moves into was built by Cathy's father. The floors slant, and the wooden steps are lopsided.
  • In the backyard is a huge tree. From its branches you can see the whole neighborhood.
  • The neighborhood kids hold the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest from the tree. Meme wins, but breaks both his arms in the process.

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