Understanding Influences from the Writer's Background in Rosario Morales' 'The Day It Happened'
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Influences from Writer's Background Rosario Morales (1930-2011) from Harlem, NY, was a very independent and radical person. A feminist, a Marxist, artist, writer, and also an environmentalist (Morales and Levins 2011). The character in The Day it Happened, Josie found the inner strength to stand up for her rights as a women and not accept the part of victim. In this short story there is evidence that there comes a point in her life when Morales too realizes she must take a stand and find the courage to follow her convictions. Even though Morales could be persecuted for being a communist in America, she stood by her beliefs even to the point of having to flee the country. She married Dick Livens, also an activist moving Puerto Rico her homeland during the Korean War which they protested against. Moving to the homeland they were involved in organizing the laborers there to come together and demand better wages (Morales and Levins 2011). With her husband she founded labor unions to change conditions for workers who were suffering under unfair treatment by wealthy landowners and factory owners.
It is told in the first person so that the reader feels they are present while the story is happening. Even though it is told by a young girl of thirteen as she recounts the details as if reliving the incident. She takes the time to introduce each character in a way that gives them life and personality. Josie is a young newly married woman, pregnant and facing physical abuse