Self-Worth in The House on Mango Street

As opinions will inevitably come and go I would like to say that I have successfully guarded all opinions cast towards me and remain unaffected because I am able to undertake a mental process to consider who is expressing their opinion, to consider the context from which the opinion is cast and the intent. This, however, is not true.My self-worth can be raised and diminished by what other people think, especially when the opinion comes from someone I respect, admire and whose opinion I hold in high esteem.

In The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, although the main character, Esperanza Cordero sometimes feels ashamed about her family’s socioeconomic position and through the story indicates how her self-confidence has been altered by external opinions she emerges confidently knowing that these factors do not define her.Similarly, I believe that my parent’s abilities to provide for me are external conditions that are not linked to my self-worth.People often try to use qualifiers that include that I live on a military base, attend a private school, and that most of my friends are older than me to pinpoint and assign a value to who I am. I don’t make the same judgment because I believe that these are circumstantial, reflect my parent’s decisions and are just an outcome of the fact that I am just younger than most of my classmates.I try to define and assign value to my self-worth by my beliefs of what’s right and wrong, my priorities and how I respond to various situations. Unfortunately, my self-worth can still be thrown off balance to sit in a state of uncertainty when I feel like someone doesn’t like me. I am not yet fully confident of who I am so the opinions of others sometimes becomes my litmus test.I’m working on that.

Although I try to not let my sense of self-worth become diminished negative remarks still affect me. I am constantly hyper-analyzing what people think about me and quickly shrink at…