Mango Street-"Meme Ortiz"
The House on Mango Street
Journal Guide for Chapter Nine
Answer the following questions in complete sentences.
1. Who is Meme?
2. How are Meme and the dog alike?
3. What happened to Meme in the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest?
Because homes are important to her, Esperanza creates a vivid picture of Meme’s home. What words and phrases does she use to describe his home? How does she describe her home?
This chapter also deals with the theme of a neighborhood as an extended family. The children play together; the houses are near each other. What words help create a sense of unity?
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 does the narrator use to describe the Meme’s house? How does the description of his house compare to the description of her house in chapter one?
2. What words does Esperanza use to describe Meme? How do these words create a word picture of Meme?
3. How does the idea that Meme broke his arm in the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest differ from the idea that Meme fell from a tree and broke his arm?
Think back to when you were a child. What risks did you take to win a game or a contest? Did you get hurt? Would you take that same risk now?