Thursday, November 30, 2006

Getting out

With every book that we have read, I have been struck by how each one shows that both the hope that can be found in cities, as well as the sadness that can be found in them. However, The House on Mango Street, there really didnt seem to be a hope in what the city had to offer the the hope seems to be in the belief that they will someday get out of the neighborhood. I was again reminded of my conversations with Tyriek and it is saddening to remember how ironic our situations are. I came here to better my education and he thinks the only way he can be successsful is to get out of Baltimore.
In the specific story Sally, even though it is extremely sad, I was struck out how real it was. There are some boys and St. Ignatius that are known as trouble makers, they listen to no one and their uniforms are always a mess. However, at the end of the afterschool programs they become extremely quiet and slowly begin to put their uniforms back together. You can ask them what is wrong but the answer is always nothing. And maybe it is just that they want to look crisp and professional for their families, but after reading the story of Sally, you really do wonder what their family is like. Also, When Esperanza says how Sally got married so young just to get out, the reader cannot help but wonder how desperate a person can get to get out of a bad situation. Its sadening to think that people may be pushed to such extreme's.
Overall, with this semester the Jesuit way of educating seems to be at the forefront of my mind. And after reading this book I was struck by Kovenbach saying, "When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change". Granted this is just a book, but Cisneros' way of righting is so vivid that you begin to know that the situations she calls to the forefront do exist. And like everything else we have read this semester, I couldn't help but think "how can be fix this? how can we show these children that they can find ways to succeed here?"