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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Mango Street-"Meme Ortiz"

The House on Mango Street
Journal Guide for Chapter Nine
“Meme Ortiz”

Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

Questions
1. Who is Meme?
2. How are Meme and the dog alike?
3. What happened to Meme in the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest?

Themes
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?

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 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?

Personal Response
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?

5 Comments:

At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

K.Coxen
per.4

Questions:
1. Meme is a guy witch his real name is Juan. He moved into Cathy’s house after her and her family moved away.
2. Meme and the dog are alike by, they both have two names and they both run the same.
3. 3. Meme won the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest, but he broke both arms.

Themes:
1. She described his house as a wooden house with the inside floors slant, some rooms’ uphill and some down.
2. When Esperanza mentions the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest and knowing that they chose the tree in Meme’s backyard helps create a sense of unity.

Style:
1. “Around the back yard, mostly dirt, and a bunch of boards that use to be a garage….” These words that the narrator uses to describe Meme’s house is very similar to the way she describes her house in the first chapter. For ex. she says, “Bricks are crumbling in places…”
2. Esperanza uses a nickname people call Juan “Meme”. Also she says he won the contest, he tried so hard he even broke both his arms. She explains him as a brave and daring boy,
3. The idea that Meme broke his arms in a contest differs by if he broke them falling from a tree by, he wasn’t stupid just falling off a tree, but he tried his hardest to win the contest and he did.

Personal Response:
When I was younger I did many stupid things to win. I use to play football with my older brother and his friends. I would try my hardest to win, so I would even try to tackle these guys that were like five times bigger than me. Yes, I got hurt, but I got hurt knowing I tried my hardest. I would probably still do that now, but I don’t know because these guys are like way stronger and taller now. Yipes!

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Hunter Golden P4 said...

1. Meme is Esperanzas new neighbor.
2. They both run with all their limbs flaping.
3. Meme went balls out and when he fell he broke both of his arms.

1. She says his house has a pile of ruble that used to be the garage and 21 slated steps.
2. She compares him to his dog.
3. It shows that he was heroic.

 
At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Bulmaro Contreras per4 said...

1. Meme Ortiz is Esperanza's new neighbor that just moved in.
2. They are both alike when they run with all limb's flaping in the air.
3. Meme was being brave and jumped as far as he could and broke both arm's.

Themes
She say's that the home remindes her of mexico.

1. The narrator uses the word's bunch of greasy board's and mostly dirt.
2. All lopsided and jutting like crooked teeth.
3. That he can say that he won a jumping contest rather then saying he fell out of a tree.

 
At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roy Ortiz
Per. 1

Meme Ortiz

Questions:
1.Meme is a boy who moved into cathy's house whose real name is juan.
2.They both have two names and walk the same too.
3.He broke both of his arms.

Themes:
1.She describes the house in that it's slanted up and down hill.
2.All around the neighboring of roofs and that they all remember the tree.

Style:
1.She describes the house as slanted.
2.She describes him as wild and that his arms are like shoe laces.
3.He didn't do it for fun he did it for a purpose.

Personal response:
1.I would get into fight in the nieghborhood to see who was the best.

 
At 4:44 PM, Anonymous KMolter Per1 said...

KMolter Per1

1. Meme is a guy his real name is Juan. He moved into Cathy’s house after her and her family moved away.

2.Meme and the dog are alike by they both have two names and they both run the same way.

3.Meme won the First Annual Tarzan Jumping Contest, but he broke both arms doing it.

Themes:

1.She described his house as a wooden house with the inside floors slant some rooms uphill and some downhill.

2.I think some words would be that they live so close together its like they are all one big family.The children play and have fun so this brings them closer.

Style:
1. “Around the back yard, mostly dirt, and a bunch of boards that use to be a garage".These words that the narrator uses to describe Meme’s house is very similar to the way she describes her house in the first chapter. Very run down and beat up and old.

2. Esperanza uses a nickname people call Juan “Meme”. She also tells us that he was in a contest which he broke bot of his arms in.This shows us that Meme is a strong couragous boy.

3. The idea that Meme broke his arms in a contest makes a difference than just falling from a tree.He wasn’t just being stupid an fell off a tree, but he tried his hardest to win the contest and he did.

Personal Response:
When I was younger I always say kids jump off the swing when they wanted to get off. I always wanted to try it but was scared to actually try and do it. So one day I went for it and totally ate it but hey atleast I can say I tried and I got better at it as I tried more and more each time.

 

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