�The Family of Little Feet� from Sandra Cisneros� novel, The by 190j6Rc


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       “The Family of Little Feet” from Sandra Cisneros’ novel, The House on Mango
Street, reveals that growing up too early can be dangerous. In this vignette, Esperanza
describes a day on which she, her sister Nenny, and her friends Rachel and Lucy
essentially inherit a few pairs of shoes far more mature than the shoes they usually wear.
They prance around the neighborhood, appreciating the newfound attention from boys
and the jealous looks from girls, excited that they suddenly have grown-up legs. At the
corner grocery store, however, Mr. Benny appears appalled that the girls are wearing
such mature shoes, calling the shoes “dangerous” (41). He seems to understand that the
girls are too young to be strutting around their neighborhood, though the girls just run
away from him, not realizing the truth in his statement. Because he is older and has
experienced more, Mr. Benny recognizes the danger of the girls’ situation. The girls like
that the shoes are elongating their legs and making them seem more attractive, but they
don’t realize that the shoes will also cause unwanted and inappropriate attention. For
instance, one boy on a bike calls out to them, asking them to take him to heaven.
Normally, this boy probably would have ignored the girls, seeing them as children with
childlike shoes and clothes. Now, though, the boy sees them as sexual beings, even
though their ages should not warrant such a classification. In addition, the girls encounter
a “bum man” who calls Rachel pretty and offers her a dollar to kiss him. Suddenly, the
girls feel uncomfortable and scared by the “bum man’s” offers, so they run away and go
home. With their shoes, the girls are transformed into women before they are ready and
are placed in unpleasant and potentially dangerous situations. When they get home, the
girls take off the shoes and are “tired of being beautiful” (42), seeming to recognize that
they are not actually ready to be women. Happy to be girls once again, no one even
complains when the shoes are thrown out. Indeed, in “The Family of Little Feet” from
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Esperanza and her friends certainly
discover the dangers of growing up too early.

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