Esperanza feels lost, alone, and confused. She believes that the only ones
who can understand her feelings are trees. The trees are skinny and pointy. The
city had planted them in concrete, which naturally is not the best nor the
healthiest place for trees to grow. Esperanza sees the trees as a reflection of
herself [skinny and angular]. In spite of their location, the trees seem to
survive in a way. This idea of persevering parallels back to Esperanza. She
struggles to be successful even though she is in a harsh environment.
description of the setting leads me to think that she is poor. Therefore, she
has limitations due to class. Is this why she feels that she can only confide in
trees? For Esperanza, the trees seem to be like a support network for her. She
would talk to them when she felt lonely. It was almost as if the trees were her
family members. The trees were not only a support network and a reflection of
Esperanza. They inspired Esperanza. When Esperanza was ready to give up, she
looked at the trees, and they told her to keep, keep, keep, keep. The trees
taught Esperanza perseverance, which would definitely help her achieve success.