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Deconstructing the Rose Metaphor and Cultivating Trees of Rebellion in Sandra Cisneros’s "The House on Mango Street"

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Morgan Keith Stewart

University of Kentucky, US
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In Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street, deciphering two key motifs—the rose and trees—is fundamental to unpacking the central tension of the book: the protagonist’s desire to leave Mango Street and return in writing. While the tree motif is well-studied, that of the rose has eluded critical attention. This article shows how Cisneros unveils the centuries of patriarchal oppression distilled in the image of the rose and, in turn, offers new metaphors for women seeking to escape traditional constraints.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.161
How to Cite: Stewart, M.K., 2020. Deconstructing the Rose Metaphor and Cultivating Trees of Rebellion in Sandra Cisneros’s \"The House on Mango Street\". Latin American Literary Review, 47(93). DOI: http://doi.org/10.26824/lalr.161
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Published on 05 May 2020.
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