• Julia Alavrez: the Patriarch
    2012 Julia Alavrez: The Patriarch In the novel Something to be Declared Julia Alvarez illustrates to her audience that in the Dominican Republic most families are governed under a patriarchal system. A patriarchy is a family unit that is governed by the father of the household. At times Julia seems...
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  • Society Affects Women
    In “I Want to Be Miss America,” Julia Alvarez examines her adolescent struggle to be “American.” For Alvarez, her Hispanic culture becomes a burden to her inclusion in American society. So, Alvarez and her sisters, struggle to become what they are not, Americans. Alvarez uses a somewhat biased stereotype...
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    Julia Alvarez in "I Want to be Miss America" and Michael Bronski in "Queering the Vast Wasteland" both describe how particular culture groups have been historically excluded or underrepresented in film, television or magazines because of race or gender. In a 250 word paragraph, discuss one particular...
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  • Literary Criticism of "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker
    involving parents and their children. There are three specific stories that focus on mothers and daughters that I will use for this paper. The stories are Daughter of Invention by Julia Alvarez, Everyday Use by Alice Walker and Two Kinds by Amy Tan. These stories are similar in many ways in general, like...
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  • Liberty
    Liberty By: Julia Alvarez Julia Alvarez is the author of “Liberty”. The setting of the story is the Dominican Republic in the 1950s. Julia plays the main character, but the other characters in the story are Tia Mimi, Papi, and Liberty. The mood...
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  • Cultures' Standard of Beauty
    result of an individual who is trying to fit into the Hispanic standard or the "skinny" in ordinary fashion magazines. The motive why anyone would ever want to fit into another culture's idea of beauty would simply be because of society's constant pressure to look one specific way. A Caucasian female would...
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  • Diluting Traditions
    Diluting Traditions: Adapting to America Culture in the Stories of Julia Alvarez and Jose Burciaga [pic] [pic] Julia Alvarez Jose Antonio Burciaga March 27, 1950 to present ...
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  • Comparing Yo! and the Help: How Authors Use Their Styles to Teach American Culture
    of America includes much more than what our history books teach us. In fact, it is not until you open books and read stories written by those who have experienced the undisclosed elements of America’s past do you begin to understand how we as a country have developed. Two such stories are Julia Alvarez’s...
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  • Liberty
    Liberty By: Julia Alvarez Freedom, Liberty, and Justice are luxuries that many take for granted. In Julia Alvarez's "Liberty", she uses symbolism, irony, and "liberty" as the title as well as a character, to develop a larger theme. Freedom, liberty, and justice are indeed luxuries, even though...
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  • Signatures and Apples
    their first steps toward forging their identities. In Julia Alvarez’s “Dusting,” a girl decides that she wants to be more than a diligent housekeeper like her mother. In Alberto Rios’s “In Second Grade Miss Lee I Promised Never to Forget You and I Never Did,” a boy catches his first glimpse of romantic...
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  • Living on the Fringes: the Multi-Culutural Identity
    the norm(s) of other culture(s). I personally relate to this as my father is Haitian, my mother is French and I was raised in the United States. In other words, I am black, white, American, French and Haitian- a confusing identity for anyone. We see this also in Julia Alvarez’s Something to Declare...
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  • Literary Analysis "The Kiss"
    The Kiss In the story “The Kiss” by Julia Alvarez, we see a family with four daughters, a father and mother. The father, who is old-fashioned and strict, has his own ideas of what he wants from his daughters. The daughters except for Sofia, the youngest one, have always done what he has asked for. Sofia...
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  • How the Garcia Girls Lost Thei
    been recognized and analyzed by critics . Julia Alvarez is a well- known writer and in a way , mirrors events that happened in her own life , in her book . Looking into her life , it show’s that she went through an experience somewhat like the sisters . I interviewed an immigrant , not from the same...
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  • How the Garcia Girls lost their accents; bi-culural identity
    How the Garcia Girls lost their Accents. In How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, Julia Alvarez discusses the four girls’transition from the Dominican Republic to America. The Garcia’s are an immigrant family who must find a balance between their identity as Dominicans and their new identities...
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  • Garcia Girls
    prevalent in all areas of the world, most countries have overcome name calling various ethnic groups to a degree better than the past. However, people in America still place several racist connotations on minorities. This is ironic because the United States is considered to be a giant "melting pot" of different...
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  • Something to Declare
    times where Alvarez gives examples on how important beauty is to her culture. For example, in the essay Our Papers, Alvarez states, “The women gossiped and told stories and painted their fingernails and toenails and then proceeded down the line to do the same for the girl children” (Alvarez, 15). You...
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  • Poem Essay
    How I Learned to Sweep by Julia Alvarez (Page 650) 1. In which form is the poem written (for example, is it a sonnet? Free verse? Lyric poem This poem was written in 1996 in a conventional style form. The poem has 39 lines. 2. What is the setting and social context of the poem? The setting...
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  • In the Time of the Butterflies
    Americans, we want peace -- we work and sacrifice for peace. But there can be no peace if our security depends on the will and whims of a ruthless and aggressive dictator. I'm not willing to stake one American life on trusting Saddam Hussein." -George W. Bush. President Bush promised America that he would...
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  • The First Step Into a Brighter Tomorrow
    inevitable. Leaders are often known to abuse their power, which can quite often lead to revolution. In the novel In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, four sisters Minerva, Patria, Mate, and Dede revolt against Dominican Republic dictator Rafael Trujillo, in hopes of making their country a better...
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  • liberty
    with their traditional roles as housewives and mothers and they want to be liberated. However, patriarchal culture, self-image become barriers for women seeking real liberation. “Selections from Once Upon a Quinceanera” written by Julia Alvarez, examines the quinceanera to explore Latinos’ resistance to...
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