House on Mango Street
In our world today, we experience discrimination all around us, everywhere we go. There is racism, hatred, people being told that they are too young to do something that they want to do, people being discriminated against, and etc. It is very sad and depressing and that is not how we should live our lives. In fact, I have been a victim of discrimination. In 7th grade, I really wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. I went to the store to buy a Rubik’s Cube and when I went to go pay for it the cashier says to me, “You are too young to learn how to do that. You will never learn. I replied, “Wanna bet? ” This encouraged me to want to learn to figure it out even more. His discouragement/him discriminating against me, ended up encouraging me to want to learn how to solve it even more. This is the truth with everyone. Discrimination hurts and it is hard to deal with. From the book, The House on Mango Street and the short story, “By Any Other Name”, the girls in the stories are treated horribly, discriminated against, disrespected, and are victims of prejudice, because of this we learn that discrimination hurts and effects the way that we live our lives in a negative manner.
In both of the stories, all three girls (and in some cases more) are treated horribly. In The House on Mango Street, Esperanza describes one of her experience with one of the Nuns, and it does not go over so well. The quote from the book is from the vignette, “The House on Mango Street” on page five. It says, “Where do you live? She asked. There, I said pointing up to the third floor. You live there? There. I had to look to where she pointed–the third floor, the paint peeling, wooden bars Papa had nailed on the windows so we wouldn’t fall out. You live there?
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The way she said it made me feel like nothing. There. I lived there. I nodded. ” Like shes says, “The way she said it made me feel like nothing. ” It made her feel like nothing. She felt like she was worthless and not good enough to please anyone. If anyone should have some sympathy on her, it should be the nun. In the short story, “By Ant Other Name”, Premila is a victim of prejudice. The quote from the short story comes from the last page. It says, “Premila said, ‘We had our test today, and she made me and the other Indians sit at the back of the room, with a desk between each one. Mother said, ‘Why was that, daring? ’ ‘She said it was because Indians cheat,’ Premila added. ‘So I don’t think we should go back to that school. ’” Premila and all of the other Indian boys and girls in that class were victims of prejudice and stereotyping. The teacher was racist and showed no reasoning other than her own opinion as to why they should all sit apart in the back of the room. In these two examples, Esperanza, Premila, and the other Indian kids in her class, were stereotyped, treated horribly, treated like they were worthless, and treated as if they were nothing.
The girls in both of the stories are disrespected in many ways. In “By Any Other Name”, the girls are disrespected and treated very rudely as soon as they start their first day at school. When they arrive at the school for the first day, they were demanded to change their names by the leaders of the school. They did this because their names were too hard to pronounce. In the story it says, “‘Oh, my dears, those are much too hard for me. Suppose we give you pretty English names.
Wouldn’t that be more jolly? ’” We get a sense that when she says, “Pretty English names”, she could be stating that Indian names are not pretty and just English names are. This is very rude, disrespectful, and racist. They are made to feel like they are not good enough, that their names need to be changed. They are also told that their names are not pretty. The names that they have been given and called their whole life are not right for them and are forced to go with their new names without a choice.
In the book, The House on Mango Street, Esperanza and her family are victims of prejudice as well as being guilty of being stereotypical/being prejudice towards other people. ; The vignette that this comes from is “Those who don’t”. Basically, the vignette says (not directly) how they are prejudice, but it directly shows how other people are prejudice towards them. The vignette says, “Those who don’t know any better come into our neighborhood scared. They think we’re dangerous. They think we will attack them with shiny knives.
They are stupid people who are lost and got here by mistake. ” This vignette is showing how people are prejudice and streotypical towards them and how Esperanza, her family, and friends don’t like it. They are not stereotypical towards the people in their own neighborhood because they know them personally. They know that they will not try to hurt them. They are just people they know. They are their friends. Esperanza, her family, and her friends are stereotypical towards other people. In the same vignette, it shows that they are.
It says, “But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight. Yeah. That is how it goes and goes. ” This shows that they are guilty of also being stereotypical and guilty of being prejudice. The other people in neighborhood that they drive though are probably thinking the same thing. That is, “What did we ever do to make them think that we are horrible people? ” Being prejudice and stereotypical hurts people and should not be done by anyone.
The consequences of peoples actions towards them can be horrible for all the girls in the stories. Of course the people are given consequences, but the girls are both in the line of fire of discrimination, racism, and are given prejudice everyday and they do not deserve that. In real life, usually people that do that kind of stuff to others are then given consequences for their actions. All of the racist groups in the Civil Rights era who discriminated minorities, had consequences for their actions and because of this, the were punished.
In both of the stories though, this did not happen. In the book, The House on Mango Street, how the nun acted in the book, (making her feel like garbage and nothing) is not given a consequence. No one should act like that and treat others as if they are nothing compared to them. In the story, “By Any Other Name”, the consequences of the teachers (how they were being racist, discriminating, and stereotyping them) were nothing. They treat the Indian kids horribly and in return, nothing happens to them.
This is not what it should be like and for every time someone is discriminated against, there should be consequences. From the book, The House on Mango Street and the short story, “By Any Other Name”, the girls in the stories are treated horribly, discriminated against, disrespected, and are victims of prejudice. We learn that discrimination hurts and effects the very way that we live our lives. Each one of the girls in these two stories are all effected by prejudice. Everyone can be a victim of discrimination, in fact we all are. No one should be treated like that or ever be stereotyped.