Manika Homere, Discussion 7

The stories” Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-second Year” by Raymond Carver and ” The House of The Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros are two distinct works that exhibit different writing styles, themes, and narrative structures.  Carver’s is a concise and minimalist piece of literature, he is known for his spare and economical prose, often focusing on everyday moments and ordinary people. His writing is characterized by its precise language and attention to detail, creating a sense of realism and emotional depth. Carver’s story is introspective and reflective, exploring themes of memory, loss, and the complexities of family relationships. Cisneros is written in a poetic and lyrical style. Cisneros incorporates elements of magical realism and uses vivid imagery and metaphorical language to convey the experiences of Esperanza, the young Latina protagonist. The narrative is fragmented, consisting of a series of vignettes that provide glimpses into Esperanza’s life and the community she grows up in. Cisneros’s writing style is characterized by its evocative language, rhythmic prose, and exploration of themes such as identity, culture, and search for belonging. Carver’s story delves into the complexities of familial relationships and the way memories shape our understanding of ourselves and our loved ones. Cisneros’s novel explores the formation of identity in a specific cultural and social context, as Esperanza navigates her way through the challenges and joys of growing up in a Latino neighborhood.

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