Interpreting Literature 8 a.m.
5 April 2012
Boys Who Watch Me Dance
Part One: In the novel The House on Mango Street, in the chapter,”Chanclas”, Esperanza is at this dance and she didn’t want to dance at all because she was embarrassed of her shoes and her feet but she finally dances with her uncle and she notices in the room that there was this boy who “watched her dance” (Cisneros 48). That is one of the key points in this chapter and that is what Esperanza mainly focuses on. She almost blacks out the whole audience who is clapping for her and just focuses on the point that that boy watched her dance. Esperanza, at this point in the book, is starting to realize that she is being noticed by boys her age, and older, and that she is growing up. She doesn’t understand what’s going on with her at this awkward stage in her life but the one thing she distinctly points out is that she is being watched and in a sense, she likes it.
Part Two: This quote reminded me of when I transferred into my middle school years from elementary school. Growing up, I was always friends more with guys than the girls in my school. When we got to middle school, puberty hit in everyone and I started to notice that some of my guy friends weren’t exactly feeling the same way they use to anymore. They starting noticing me more as someone they like more than a friend. I always picked that out immediately because it was so obvious and strange at the same time. I think every pre-teen and teenager go through this stage where, if you are friends with the opposite sex, you see that person more than a friend and you catch yourself either being watched by someone or you are watching someone yourself. I still remember at my first middle school dance, the room was equally separated with one side all guys and one side all girls. I also remember just seeing all the guys watching me and my friends talk or dance around and it wasn’t like elementary school anymore where you...