The Cuban Revolution And Its Effect On Identity

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Dreaming in Cuban is a novel by Cuban American author Cristina Garcia. This essay focuses on the impact of the Cuban revolution and its effect on identity within the Cuban diaspora. This essay argues that Dreaming in Cuban illustrates the impact of the Cuban revolution on women and how it has affected their identities as Cuban women. Therefore, this essay will assess the structure of the novel, it will identify key historical, and geographical contexts in which these events took place. The essay will examine the use of characters and how they represent the different experiences of the Cuban revolution. To conclude, this essay will discuss the significance of focusing on the experiences of women, and how gender may have shaped their…show more content…
In early as 1940, Celia writes about the widespread poverty in the countryside. In 1945, she writes, “if I was born to live on an island, then I 'm grateful for one thing: that the tides rearrange the borders. At least I have the illusion of change, of possibility. To be locked within boundaries plotted by priests and politicians would be the only thing more intolerable” The corruption in Cuban politics was a precursor for the revolution. It was a sign that the people wanted change, and Castro would utilize these sentiments to garner support. In 1952, Celia writes about the rise of Fulgencio Batista, and his subsequent takeover of the state as a U.S. backed dictator. She writes, “that bastard Batista stole the country from us just when it seemed things could finally change. The U.S. wants him in the palace. How else could he have pulled this off?” Celia opposes Batista and participates in marches against him, which are led by a, “young lawyer”, Fidel Castro. In 1955, she celebrates that, “the rebels have been released! Now the revolution is close enough we 'll make it stick like rice to a pot!” Four years later, the revolution would begin and Castro and his regime would continue to rule the island to this day.
After the revolution, and beginning with Lourdes departure from Cuba she initially arrives in Miami to meet her husband, a destination where his family, and many other Cubans had fled. This

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