How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents By Julia Alvarez

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America has been known as the world that makes dreams come true since the early 1600s. America was the New World and everyone wanted a bite of the big apple. Founded on the hopes of being a fresh start the voyage to America became great. In a sense, America is a fresh start. The variety of people that immigrated into the states was incredible. In the early 1900s, there were neighborhoods upon neighborhoods of any culture you could think of all in the small area of New York City. America was an influential change on people to help their lives get better or even more complicated. Today, the immigration rates are high but the culture difference is low. As all of these different cultures were coming into the brand new country, the natives of the …show more content…
Julia Alvarez focuses on the emotional displacement America has to offer in her novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Where there is displacement, keeping culture alive is a very difficult task that needs to remembered.
In How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez focuses on how majorly affected the sister were by moving to America at a young age. They grew up in a very influential time of America when experimenting with drugs and multiple partners was made a fad. This was the first time in many years that America broke free of their Dick and Jane type of life. Many foreign countries were still in a stereotypical type of lifestyle. Alvarez uses Yolanda to truly show how different other countries were compared to America at this time and how influential American young people were during the 1960s. America is well-known for their forcement on people different than the ‘immigrants’ we truly are. Although the 60’s was the time of love and acceptance, true acceptance didn’t really exist. People were becoming more acceptant of African Americans in the country due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s major movement. One problem America has always had is accepting outsiders. Sure, America is good about letting them into the country and allowing them to eventually become citizens, but
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Alvarez has a section in her article about wanting to become Miss America. She reflects this time in her life through Sofia mainly. Alvarez separates her ‘Dominican childhood,’ and her ‘American childhood’ in her own life as well as the four sisters. Alvarez states, “At night, my prayers were full of blonde hair and blue eyes and snow and just such a plane ride as this one,” referring to her family’s arrival to America. Much like The Bluest Eye, Alvarez uses the four sisters to show what other girls who were not American or not caucasian thought what the definition of pretty had to fit. Most of the time, it was blonde hair and blue eyes. This is where America’s great reputation of being this wonderful melting pot of people and the place for all foreigners to go, is wrong. America isn’t the welcoming place everyone thinks it should be. In fact, America is more of a fake welcome. Maybe we’ll solve all your troubles and give you the help you need to recover from being under a dictatorship all of your life but, if you were not born and raised in America, you’re different and that’s just how it is. Often times kids will be born and raised in America but their parents could be from another country. Then every American ever is so interested about your culture when really your culture is the American culture. The

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