Garcia Girls Essay.pdf - Carranza 1 Cynthia Carranza H American Literature Mr Espinoza Period 12 Self Identity How do people change when they come to

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Carranza 1 Cynthia Carranza H American Literature Mr. Espinoza Period 12 November 13, 2018 Self Identity How do people change when they come to the United States? Do they decide to stay true to their culture or assimilate to a new one? In How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, the author Julia Alvarez portrays readers with a perspective of how a family from the Dominican Republic moved to America and faced obstacles in their cultural aspects. The Garcia family was used to a different life in the Dominican Republic but eventually the Garcia girls began to change overtime as they found their true identities. One of the Garcia girls, Yolanda Garcia, encounters a change in herself when she experiences her first relationship, in which she compares to her struggle opening a wine bottle she could not open because she was not used to them as she was not used to being open to a relationship. The other Garcia girl, Sophia Garcia, stays true to herself as she accustomed to being wild and free when she realizes her moral identity when being in the United States and Dominican Republic. When both Garcia girls get into some trouble as little girls with their cousin, Edmundo Alejandro de la Torre Rodriguez, before coming to America; Alvarez compares their identities as one being innocent and the other mature which throughout the story symbolizes how their identities developed or stayed the same as there life changed in the United States from their life at the Dominican Republic. These symbols from the
Carranza 2 story contribute to reflect upon how the Garcia girls perceived their identities while staying true and refined.

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