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Example: When Aunt Lupe tells Esperanza that writing will keep her “free,” Esperanza is unaware of what she means, but the readers know that Lupe’s words are true.
Example: When Meme Ortiz “wins” the jumping contest but breaks both arms (22).
Example: Esperanza’s mother calls herself a “smart cookie” (91).
Esperanza’s house has “windows so small you’d think they were holding their breath” (4).
The four skinny trees “are the only ones who understand” Esperanza (74).
Esperanza wants her own house, and says she also wants, “my porch and my pillow, my pretty purple petunias” (108).
Examples: “crazy” and “dizzy” (41) and “soggy,” and “baggy” (51).
Example: Esperanza describes the people in her neighborhood as “all brown all around” (28).
Examples: The “Monkey Garden” is alluding to the Garden of Eden (94).
Esperanza refers to Sally as “Cleopatra” (81).
Examples: Esperanza wonders if Sally is longing for a house that has a “room waiting for” her (82).
Esperanza describes the previous inhabitants of the monkey garden as speaking with “twangy yakkety-yak” voices (94).
Esperanza says, “I am a red balloon” (9).
Esperanza describes her laughter as something that comes “all of a sudden and surprised like a pile of dishes breaking” (17).
Esperanza buys a replica of the Statue of Liberty at Gil’s junk store (20). What does the statue represent?