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    Julia Alvarez

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    In the story “Antojos’” by Julia Alvarez, the main character, a wealthy Dominican woman named Yolanda, travels to the Dominican Republic in order to search for her cultural and personal identity. Her difficulty interacting and relating to her old family members before she immigrated to America reflects the emotional hardship of immigration. The setting of this story is crucial to the plot of the story because it changes frequently to distinguish social class and amount of wealth, as well as shifting

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    Julia Alvarez Biography

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    and the respect her family name demanded in the Dominican Republic”. "Julia Alvarez." Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed., vol. 1, Gale, 2004, pp. 185-187. Gale Virtual Reference Library, Alvarez, her parents, and her sisters squashed themselves and their property into their small apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Alvarez became a committed reader who loved to read, spending all of her free time with books and writing. Alvarez went on to college she earned her undergraduate degree at Middlebury

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    Julia Alvarez is an acclaimed American-Dominican poet and author. She has written many successful books and poems, many of which reflect directly on her life and personal experiences. Because of Alvarez’s American-Dominican background, her poems display diverse, cultural themes. These include what it is like to be American and Dominican and the struggles of moving from the Dominican Republic to the United States. Alvarez has received praise for her ability to write a wide variety of styles, including

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    if you had to had to leave your home, leave all your memories? Julia Alvarez found out her answer to this question after her family was forced to flee Dominican Republic and settle permanently in the United States. The involvement of Julia’s father in an underground movement to remove Dominican Republic's ruthless dictator Rafael trujillo made this move necessary once his participation was discovered ("Julia Alvarez Biography"). Julia was forced not only to leave her childhood

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    Julia Alvarez is a Dominican Republican novelist, poet and essayist. She spent the first ten years of her childhood in the Dominican Republic until her family had to flee the country due to her father’s involvement in a political rebellion. Many of Alvarez’s works are influenced by her experiences as a Dominican in the United States and much of her writing takes a political and personal tone. She is known for works that explore cultural expectations of women in both the Dominican Republic and the

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    parents are a tremendous influence on the growth and success in their children’s lives. Like many; children tend to inherit skills that parents perform to guide them to the right path in life. In “Digging” by Seamus Heaney , “Women's Work” by Julia Alvarez, and A Red Palm by Gary Sato; they all display a clear perception that; children inherit skills from their parents, it’s ok to leave their view on society behind and embrace their own. Blossoming and evolving on a potato farm, the young boy learned

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    The struggle for equality has existed for thousands of years. The first decree of human rights was drafted by King Cyrus in 539 BCE and is still an evolving issue today (Finkel). The book In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez is a historical fiction novel written to tell the tale of the Mirabal sisters and their struggle against a dictator in the Dominican Republic. As women, the sisters were objects of discrimination by the dictator’s regime. Their struggle against obstacles forced consequences

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    Snow Activity In the “Snow” by Julia Alvarez, Yolando, an immigrant, describes the world around her during a time of war. She notes that the English words that she is picks up or learns at school are all related to war. She is fascinated yet scared with her surroundings. My first impression Yolando’s experience is similar to an Asian immigrant just arriving to the United States trying to transition to their new “home”. Even though I can’t relate to her in the aspect of living in a time of war, I

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    Julia Alvarez uses the interaction between Peña and Patria to express her thoughts that faith is more powerful than the evil. In the interaction Patria is attempting to convince Peña to release her son Nelson, she writes: This devil might seem powerful, but finally I had a power stronger than his. So I used it. Loading up my heart with prayer, I aimed it at the lost soul before me… Maybe because I was watching him so closely a funny thing started to happen. See devil I was so used to disappeared

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    think they won the battle but technically they didn’t. In the story, “Picky Eater”, Julia Alvarez tells a story of her childhood experience of home meals where her and her sisters were also picky eaters, despite having healthy food served to them. Meals, she said, “at home were battlegrounds. Even if you won the dinner battle, refusing to clean your plate or drink your engrudo, you inevitably lost the war” (Alvarez 145). Battlegrounds at home can occur but it doesn’t have to end up being messy if

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