Summary Of Julia Alvarez 's ' Liberty '

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Aliyah Rivers
Mrs. Waxham
English 1E -2
28 Sep. 2015
“Liberty”
Summary
Julia Alvarez In the short story “Liberty” by Julia Alvarez, Papi brings home a black-and-white speckled puppy. The puppy is a gift from the American consul for all the help given from Papi. Mami does not like the puppy and thinks of it as trouble. But, the narrator has found her “double in another species.” The two of them like to hide in a secret place in the front yard. Together, they are confronted by two mean, scary men. They then realize they are not safe where they live.

The American consul starts spending more time at the narrator’s house. Papi talks to them only outside, by Liberty’s pen, in a soft voice. The family’s visas come and they all pack for America. The narrator finds out she cannot bring Liberty with her. The night they leave, she lets Liberty go. Aliyah Rivers
Mrs. Waxham
English 1E -2
28 Sep. 2015
“Liberty”
Analysis
Julia Alvarez In the short story “Liberty” by Julia Alvarez, the author uses figurative language to create tone of mystery and fear. In the fourth paragraph, the author writes how they were afraid; for example, when the narrator states, “On their faces when they talked of leaving there was a scared look I also couldn’t understand,” the reader is left wondering why they are so fearful. The author does this to help set the tone and mood of the story. The author also uses the characters to show the tone of the story. Mami is frightened and mean, while Papi is brave

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