The chapter I have chosen for my Journal for The House on Mango Street is “Born Bad”. This story stood out to me, because it shows the common experience of being ashamed and regretful about a choice that you’ve made, from the viewpoint of a child. The most prevalent and important themes in this chapter are regret and losing a loved one. The absolute feeling regret and shame is shown by Cisneros, when she states, “Most likely I will go to hell, and most likely I deserve to be there”. This sentence, although short, portrays how the author felt when she realized her and her friends had been poking fun at their aunt, who had just died. She had done something that she regretted so much, that she felt like she needed to go to hell for it.
When I was a child, I had two big role models in my life. They were my older twin cousins, Derek and Daniel. I always would want to hang out with them whenever I could. I looked up to them, just as much as I looked up to my parents, but there was something that made my cousins different. My cousins were cool. They were always breaking the rules and getting into trouble, and they weren’t ever afraid to say anything to their parents. I wanted to be just like them when I was a kid. This ended up negatively impacting me. I repeated bad language that I learned from them, tried to break the rules when I was with them, and some days tried to copy their behavior exactly when I got home. Thankfully, whenever my parents would see me act like this, they would “shut me down” so to speak, and my phase of being rebellious didn’t last for very long at all.