The different homes represent their lack of money. It represents the instability Esperanza feels in her life. It represents her not having a true childhood, where she met the other kids and got to know them. When the nun had asked her where she lived, and reacted as though with a negative connotation, she learned to feel ashamed of where she lived. She learned that she didn’t like others looking down on her or her condition. The wish for a “real house” is her want of security, and her want to be stable financially and socially. When we’re younger, our upbringing dictates how we will interact socially. When you are brought up moving from home to home, you learn to not get comfortable where you are. When I was younger, and we moved for the last time, I actually refused to unpack for a week. Seeing as to how we kept moving, there was no point. I imagine that Esperanza didn’t feel the same way I did, because she actually kept making an attempt. She held out hope for the real home; I only unpacked because my mom pink promised we wouldn’t move for a while.
Professor Laura Westengard
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