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Monday, March 27, 2006

Mango Street-"Darius and the Clouds"

The House on Mango Street
Journal Guide for Chapter Fifteen
“Darius & the Clouds”


Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

Questions
1. Esperanza says that you can never have too much sky. Why does the sky symbolize for her?
2. What is there a shortage of on Mango Street?
3. What wise thing did Darius say? Why is it wise?

Quotes
Explain the significance of the following quote.
1. You can never have too much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can keep you safe when you are sad.

Themes
This chapter once again brings up the idea of making the best of what you have. What lines reinforce this idea?

Style
Cisneros has a poetic style. She incorporates both vivid imagery and spare prose. She uses both to create a picture of the narrator’s world.

1. What words and phrases describe the sky and the clouds?
2. How do does Esperanza describe Darius? How does her word choice create a complete picture of the boy Darius is?
3. Explain the last line of the chapter. How does Darius make it simple?

Personal Response
Many people turn to nature when they are upset or sad or in need of peace. Esperanza says that you can get drunk on sky. Is there a part of nature that soothes you when you are sad or upset? Is there a part of nature that inspires you?

8 Comments:

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous SVielma said...

Questions
1.The sky Symbolizes an escape and a place to turn to when she has nowhere else to pass time.
2. The is to few clouds, bitterflies, and flowers.
3.He says that a cloud is god which made it simple to understand.
Quote
1.She is describing it as though it were an escape that she has. Like the clouds provide her with comfort.
Themes
1.The line that reinforces this is, "Still, we take what we can get and make the best of it." (33)
Stle
1. The clouds are described as pillows
2. She describes him as a kid who does not like school, a fool, and a boy who likes to bother girls. It creates a picture of a rough, foolish yet wise at times boy.
3. He makes the understanding for the little one easy by saying that god is a big cloud.
Personal response
There is no particular part of nature that soothes me.Just being outside away from the thing or person that is upsetting me will make me feel better.

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Vcalderon said...

Vcalderon
P.1

1.What I think that esperanza meant by you can never have so much sky.I think it's that you can never imagen things forever.Or in other words you can ways be dreaming in the clouds.
2.The shorage of mango street is money and to have nice homes or an
youth program for them to be in.And be less consentated in how they live in mango street.
3.The thing that he said and was wise was "God, he said,and made it simple.He is trying to say that god did everything.And we early don't have to do much.Because he sacrificed himself and we staied to live.

Quotes

1.That quote means that the only time you can be in the clouds is when you are sad for which the clouds is the only tihng that can keep you happy.So you can no longer be sad.

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Jasminne C p. 1 said...

J Caldeorn P. 1

Questions
1.I think sky represents her world.
2. Butterflies, and flowers and most things beautiful are something that mango street doesn't have alot of.
3. Darius pointed to a cloud and said it was god.

Quotes
1. The sky is something pure and harmless.

Themes
"Still,we take what we can get and make the best of it"

Style
1. "clouds, the kind like pillows", "the one that looks like popcorn"
2. "Darius who desnt like school, who is sometimes stupid and mostly a fool,", "Darius who chases girls with fircrackers or a stick that touched a rat and thinks he's tough." this gives a clear image of imaturity and shows how young Darius is.
3. He doesn't goinot detail nor does he give a big explanation.

Personal Response
1. I sometimes lay and stare at the sky because if u stare long enough it's like you get lost and your imagination just starts going crazy.

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

K.Coxen
per.4


Questions:
1.It symbolizes that there is not enough places to escape, to let your mind wonder off.
2.There is not enough flowers and butterfly, wich symbolizes peace.
3.The wise thing tht Darius said was that the cloud was God.

Quotes:
1.The clouds make her have a feeling of comfort, there is never a time were you can not have enough comfort.

Themes:
1. The sentence "Still, we take what we get and make the best of it." (pg 33)

Styles:
1."....the world was full of clouds, the kind like pillows" (pg.33)
2.She describes him as a shy boy that is not very smart, but then one day he finally says something really smart.
3.The little kid asked "God?" and he just answerd "God," instead og explaing why.

Personal Responce:
The beach always soothes me when Im mad or sad. I feel comferted by the sound of the waves crashing on the pier.

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous khamilton p4 said...

1. The sky symbolizes a never ending generator of hope ad happiness
2. There is a shortage of sky on Mango street.
3. Darius says that a cloud is god, this is wise because it represents hope for him.

Quotes
1. There is always hope out there.

Themes
"Still, we take what we can get and make the best of it."

Style
1.Safe
2. Darious is foolish
3. He makes it simple by leaving it at the cloud is god and that's all there is to it.

Personal Response
I love the ocean

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Cmarin per.1 said...

Questions
1. The sky symbolizes a free life to her. Something she can do when there's nothing else.
2. There is a shortage of butterflies and flowers.
3.The wise things that Darius said were hows the clouds were shaped. It was wise because he said the clouds looked like god.

Quotes
1. What she means is that whether you are happy or say, the sky is always there. Clouds pretty much go on forever.
Themes
The lines that reinforce the idea of making best of what you have is when it sayd to take what you get and to make the best out of it.

Style
1. "clouds, the kind like pillows" and also when it says the "ones that look like popcorn.

2. Esperanza describes Darius as the boy who doesnt like school, stupid and mostly a fool, who chases girls. Darius is the little annoying boy that you wouldn't like to be friends with.
3. Explain the last line of the chapter. How does Darius make it simple?Darius makes it simple by saying it simply looks like god, and nothing else. He doesn't explain himself.

Personal Response
A part of nature that makes me feel good is when it rains. Rain makes me feel that all my problems wash away and I can start on a fresh new page. It also makes me want to cuddle. ♠

 
At 5:29 PM, Anonymous KMolter Per1 said...

KMolter Per1

1. The sky symbolizes a never ending road to hope for her to get out and have a beter life.

2. There is a shortage of sky on Mango street and beautifl things.

3. Darius says that a cloud is god, this is wise because it represents hope for him and shows he sees more then just little things an see's more.

Quotes
1. There is always hope out there.

Themes
"Still, we take what we can get and make the best of it."

Style
1.Safe
2. Darious is foolish this makes him seem to be a funny kind of person and tries to make people happy.

3. He makes it simple by leaving it as the cloud is god.

Personal Response
I love to lay on the grass and justlook under the stars to be calm and think to be relaxed.

 
At 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SteeleD per 4

1. The sky symbolizes a endless amout of possibilities for her.

2. Butterflys and flowers, or in other words, happiness.

3. He points to one cloud and says "Thats God"

Themes

1. "Still we take what we can get and make the best of it"

Style
1. "You can never have to much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky."

2. She describes him as stupid, and acts "tough"

3. He does not go into details or investigates it more, he simply names it God

 

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