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Liberty By Julia Alvarez

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Zayne Reineke

on 17 September 2012

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Liberty by Julia Alvarez One day, their father, Papi, brings home a black and white puppy. Although the girls are excited to have the dog, their mother, Mami, says that the dog will be nothing but trouble. The dog has been given to the family by the American consul, Mister Victor, who is helping them get visas to go to the United States, so Papi names the dog Liberty. Symbolically, the dog represents the hope for liberty that the family has as they try to move away from the Dominican Republic's political troubles. The narrator does not fully understand the impending danger until one day when Liberty scampers outside the fence and she chases after him. The narrator is confronted by two frightening-looking men in the bushes, and they force her to promise that she will not tell anyone that she has seen them. The encounter scares the narrator, and she remains silent. Soon after, her parents and some men who work with Mister Victor gather the family and their belongings in the middle of the night so that they can immediately board a plane to America. The narrator begs her mother to take Liberty, but Mami tells her that the dog will not be able to pass through U. S. Customs. Fearing that the men will return and hurt the dog if he is left behind, the narrator lets him out of the yard and kicks him until he runs away. She hopes that he will run all the way to the United States so that she will have “liberty” when she and her family arrive in their new home. Presentation by: Zayne Reineke Summary My Literary Element was tone. Tone is the writers attitude toward the material and or reader. Tone may be playful, formal, intimate, angry, serious, ironic, outraged, baffled, tender, serene, depressed, etc. The tone is this story is ironic. I think it is irony. I think this because, Irony is a figure of speech in which the literal meaning is the opposite of the intended meaning. In Julia Alvarez's "Liberty" a family experiences irony and symbolism in a unique way. "Eh, Liberty, you are a lucky sign." (papi 186) This is ironic because one expects him to be talking about the real liberty not the dog Literary Element Julia Alvarez Born March 25, 1950
A Dominican-American poet, novelist, and essayist.
Most of her works are influence by her experiences as a Dominican in the United States.
She is known for works that examine cultural expectations of women both in the Dominican Republic and the United States. Strengths The strengths of this story are that it kept the reader reading wondering what would happen. It kept me reading, because I wanted to know what happened at the end of the story. Weaknesses The weaknesses of the story was that I didn't think the story had a good plot, it left a lot hanging and it did not give much detail. I think the author should have put more detail into certain parts of the story. In this story, the Family was moving from the Dominican Republic because of the government. The government was a dictatorship ruled by one guy. In the time period where this story takes place, the late 1950's to early 1960's. The Dominican Republic was ruled by the dictator names Rafael Trujillo. He was a ruthless and cruel leader. Many people tried to become exiles and be free of his cruel and ruthless governing of the country. The government took control of anybody who had a high social status and big businesses, or if he had suspicion of the family being in underground organizations. In this story the family found wires hidden behind a picture frame leading to an electric device outside the window, which appeared to be a listening device. The government put that there due to suspicion of what the family was doing. And the two guys hiding in the bush that the narrator found were two government officers spying on the family. These are just little acts the government of that time did, trying to maintain all the wealth and power of the country during this time period. Many people from countries all over the world have become exiles of there own country due to escape the persecution of there race, religion, beliefs. etc. Exile can be a form of punishment to one, or a culture. In some cases if one returns to the country they were exiled from it could mean death. Self exile is also possible. Where people can self exile themselves from there homeland, usually as a form of protest but also to avoid persecution or legal matters. Many exiles move to the United States to have a fresh start, and be free from the problmes they faced in there home country.
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