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 trueto their culture or assimilate to a new one? In How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, theauthor Julia Alvarez portrays readers with a perspective of how a family from the DominicanRepublic moved to America and faced obstacles in their cultural aspects. The Garcia family wasused to a different life in the Dominican Republic but eventually the Garcia girls began to changeovertime as they found their true identities. One of the Garcia girls, Yolanda Garcia, encounters achange in herself when she experiences her first relationship, in which she compares to herstruggle opening a wine bottle she could not open because she was not used to them as she wasnot used to being open to a relationship. The other Garcia girl, Sophia Garcia, stays true toherself as she accustomedto being wild and free when she realizes her moral identity whenbeing in the United States and Dominican Republic. When both Garcia girls get into sometrouble as little girls with their cousin, Edmundo Alejandro de la Torre Rodriguez, before comingto America; Alvarez compares their identities as one being innocent and the other mature whichthroughout the story symbolizes how their identities developed or stayed the same as there lifechanged 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 trueand refined.