10th Grade Literature, 4-B
18 November 2011
In the poem, “Exile”, Julia Alvarez describes a father-daughter relationship in which a father and daughter as well as family, get exiled from their home. The poet uses figurative language to set a serious mood and show us how being exiled is probably the worst thing a family can go through. Having to lie to their own children is bad, but being forced out of their own home isn’t that so well either. Having to departure from their home, gives them a confusing uncertainty about the new. The first stanza of the poem sets the tone by the author telling her father “The night we fled the country, Papi, You told me we were going to the beach.” The opening line of the poem emphasizes the father’s words that were said and are clearly remembered by his daughter. It is the very first detail we learn about what the father said to his daughter when they fled the country. The daughter’s reaction afterward was her listening to her dad when the next line says, “Hurried me to get dressed along with the others. This reaction leads to only one to conclusion: did a family get exiled from their country? In the next stanza, it contains figurative language that makes us think of how the father was feeling or speaking to his brothers or in other shoe’s the narrator’s uncles when the sixth line says “Speaking in worried whispers to your brothers.” I know alliteration being used because of worried and whispers. Mom packing up her children’s bag in the end of the third stanza, the fourth stanza begins with an example of personification. “Hurried bag, allowing one toy apiece”, the author gave the bag an attribution of a personal nature. We readers also can say that the family was in a rush from the thirteenth line.
In the second part of the story we know that the mom lies to her daughter by saying “a week at the beach so Papi can get some rest.” We find out that the family is going on...