Essay Before We Were Free By Julia Alvarez

1502 Words May 24th, 2016 7 Pages
Julia Alvarez, the author of “Before We Were Free”, has personally experienced what the characters in her book have encountered. Alvarez, having had to grow up in the Dominican Republic, was closely involved in the underground works to relinquish the dictator, Trujillo. The story is a reputable representation of the Hispanic culture. Because Alvarez has firsthand knowledge of the conflict in the Dominican Republic, she has merit to compose a book that brings life to the culture. In order to fully understand the culture she describes, you need to know and appreciate the author’s background. In reading the novel, you will become immersed in this rich cultural piece of literature.
Julia Alvarez is a person who has seen the depths of disparity, yet overcame them to become successful. Even though she is of Dominican descent, she was born in the United States. When Alvarez was three months old, her parents moved back to the Dominican Republic, which, at the time, was under the Trujillo dictatorship. In the early 50s, her father had gotten involved in the “underground”, a term used for those opposed to Trujillo’s works. This caused major trouble for the family. Before leaving, the family experienced the brutal murder of the Mirabal sisters, who planned a regime against the dictatorship. When she moved back to New York, she was put into an English classroom; where she struggled because of her heavy Spanish accent.
On Alvarez’s website, she explains how she was inspired to become a…

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