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Liberty By Julia Alvarez
Transcript of Liberty By Julia Alvarez
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.