Julia Alvarez, A Hispanic American Immigrant And A Woman Essay

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Julia Alvarez, a Hispanic American immigrant and a woman, remains a voice for those who have suffered the strife tied to these labels. From her award-winning novels to her passionate poetry, her words eloquently demonstrate a sort of empathetic understanding only available from an author who has experienced these difficulties. Julia Alvarez uses her poetic voice to explain, yet also escape, her multicultural world with a vocalized desire for freedom from oppression both in her home country and her home itself.
Born in New York on March 27, 1950, Alvarez moved to the Dominican Republic as an infant, and moved back to the U.S. in 1960 at the age of ten. Her family sought asylum in the U.S. due to the discovery of her father’s rebellious plot against the dictator of the time, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. In school, although she had taken English classes previously, Alvarez still struggled to communicate with her new classmates, inducing a nauseating dose of playground bullying. In order to cope with the torture, Alvarez dove into literature and eventually developed an aspiration: to become a writer. However, the era--the late sixties, early seventies--proved anything but conducive to her dreams. African American writers had just begun to gain recognition, and Latin writers remained unheard of. The general belief of the public still stood: ethnic pieces only interest ethnic readers (Amend).
Such exclusivity failed to deter Alvarez, however; she went on to attend Connecticut…

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