November 20, 2012
Civility Book of the Week: The House on Mango Street

This novel has the theme “Spirit of Competition” all throughout it. Passion is represented on every page of the novel. Esperanza has a true passion to leave Mango Street. She also has passion for her friends and family. Failure is also a prominent theme in this novel. Esperanza sees failure everyday in her neighborhood. She looks at her own family and sees failure because of the house they live in. The most rivalry in the book consists of Esperanza against herself. On her journey to find herself, she sometimes gets in her own way. Esperanza re-invents herself throughout the novel when she is on the search for her identity, which is her form of innovation. Civility is used when Esperanza helps her family and her friends. The House on Mango Street contains the theme “Spirit of Competition” and all of its subcategories.

The House on Mango Streetis available through Indiana Humanities Novel Conversations lending library. Request a set (for free!) for your book club today.

In September, October and November, Indiana Humanities is exploring the topic of “civility,” as part of its Spirit of Competition theme.

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