LIT2480 Mid-Term - Herrero Page 1 of 8 Raul A Herrero Professor Renee Kilpatrick Literary Analysis 2480 The two themes that I kept coming across with

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Herrero – Page 1 of 8Raul A. HerreroProfessor Renee KilpatrickLiterary Analysis 2480March 14, 2010The two themes that I kept coming across with How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accentsand Mama Daywere conquest and friendship. Because of this, I have decided to write my reflective essay based on these two themes from a reader-response viewpoint. At first, I did not want to read these books, mainly because I am pretty loyal to my science fiction genre and anything outside of it tends to have a hard time keeping my interest, however, these two books were actually quite good. The first theme I want to write about is the conquest theme. Across, both How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accentsand Mama Day, the theme was very apparent. In How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, the conquest theme I picked up from reading was the family’s personal conquests to adapting to life in the United States of America. The story revolves around the Garcia family and their escape from the Dominican Republic during thereign of the dictator Rafael Trujillo. Conquest can be viewed in one of two ways: the state of conquering or the state of being conquered. There are at least two parties whenever there is a battle, one that is tryingto conquer and subjugate the other. Both versions of this theme are apparent through out How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, starting with the family’s initial exile in 1960 when
Herrero – Page 2 of 8they were forced to leave the island for the United States. The only other option was allowing the Trujillo government to take the father, Carlos Garcia, to prison and leave the family without the father figure and that wasn’t an option they were going to allow. Carlos was part of a resistance movement in the Dominican Republic and was fighting for the country’s independence from the tyrant Trujillo. Unfortunately, the time came when Carlos and his family had to leave in order to protect his children and wife. Victor Hubbard, the undercover CIA agent working with the resistance movement and posing as an American consul, made arrangements to get Carlos and his family out of the Dominican Republic and into the United States. In this first story, Carlos and his family lost the battle and were conquered by being cast out of their own society and country. Once they arrived in the United States, they had the option of allowing themselves to be conquered by American culture and society or to resist and stick to their ways. The mother, Laura, had no problem with fitting in and finding a way to live. In my view, she could have succumbed to the fear of losing her identity in this foreign country, but instead she conquered that fear and adapted in order to provide the strong leadership that her family would need during the coming years in this new land. The other members of the family also had similar experiences throughout the years in conquering their own personal fears or society pressures. Both Yolanda and Sandi had

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