Setting, Identity and Theme in Hemingway and Cisneros

It is surely not an accident that Ernest Hemingway chose to title his short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” and that Sandra Cisneros chose to title her novel The House on Mango Street.   Judging by the spare, terse prose that marks both these literary works, it is safe to assume that both writers chose their titles at least as carefully if not more carefully than they chose any other words.   A comparison of titles leads one to another assumption: a central theme of both the short story and the novel will be the importance of place, and the descriptions of those places serve to locate that importance as it relates to the identity of the characters.
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