The Garcia Girls Struggle To Become Americans

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"Alvrez never once allows reader to think growing up in a foreignculture, expecially the United States, is ever easy."As the tale of the Garcias inthe new world progresses, each of the family members, mostly the girls,recount in the troubles and the obstacles they overcame. All four had to dealwith the pressures of having Old World parents."(P.186)As soon as one enters a new environment, they would usually startacclimating to it while at the same time losing heritage. In the Alverez's "How theGarcia Girls Lost Their Accents", shows an example of this. This book took place inBronx, New York, and consists 15 stories about four sisters, Carla,Yolanda, Sandra,and Sofia; who are immigrants from Domnican Republic. The 15 stories mostlyemphasize on their childhood and high school life. They come from a strictfamily with high morals, expecially their father, Carlos Garcia who depise theAmerican "ways",also is the antithesis of the Garcia girls. In this novel, the Garciagirls struggle with fitting themselves into being an American."Are you a whore?" the father interrogated his daughter. There was a split onthe daughter's cheeks from the closeness of his mouth to her face."It's none ofyour fu*king business!"she said in a low, ugly sounding voice like a snarl ofan animal who could hurt him. (P.30)The speakers were Carlos and his daughter, Sofia. In the novel, Sofia andher three sisters were always obedient to their strict parents through their childhood.While the other sisters continued being obedient, Sofia went her own way. She wasthe only one without degrees, the one that ran away. It could be the fact that she's theyoungest out of all sisters, and while watching all three sisters obeying the ways ofher father, she decidedto become the rebellous one. The scene of this quotation waswhen Carlos read Sophia's love letters from the drawer and shoved it to her face,Carlos had assumed after reading the letters that his daughter had lose her virginityand had ruined his name. After this incident,Sophia stormed out of the out and gotmarried with the man immediately. Part of her decision to get married was to throwit to her father's face. She had sent back postcards to her family on their honeymoonto show her dad that she's having a great time on the path she chose and having noregrets. She was hurting both herself and her family, but then she knew that she can'tfollow the old ways and she'll never be the daughter her dad wants."When Yoyo was done, she read over her words, and her eyes filled. Shefinally sounded like herself in English!"P.143)"Laura's eyebrows shot up, her mouth fell open. In the old country, anywhisper of challege to authority could bring the secret police in their blackV.W's. But this is America. People could say what they thought."What iswrong with her speech?"Laura questioned him"(P.145)""What's ees wrong with her eh-speech?"Carlos wagged his head at her, hisanger always more frightening in his broken English. as if he had mutilatedthe...

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