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Dreaming in Cuban

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Dreaming In Cuban By: Cristina Garcia "Dreaming In Cuban" tells the story of 4 women: the grandmother, Celia, her daughters Felicia and Lourdes, and her granddaughter, Pilar. Garcia tells of each woman's struggles during the Cuban Revolution. This book teaches about Cuban fictional literature, switching from the past to the present, using magic realism throughout. Character Traits MAGIC REALISM Character Traits Many stories or pieces of literature have magic realism.
Magic realism incorporates magical or supernatural elements in what should be ordinary.
In this novel, Garcia makes the reader think about what is real and what is a hallucination, a fantasy.
For example, at the beginning Celia sees her husband.He is right in front of her. "His blue eyes are like lasers in the night." Magic Realism shows vivid imagery to what is seen, hear, and felt. Felicia Lourdes Lourdes assimilated to the American culture, where she had moved her family to escape the revolution. She owned a bakery, was very independent, and wanted nothing to do with her mother, unlike most Cuban families. Her mother Celia, on the other hand, proudly lives in Cuba, defending her country and taking care of Lourdes' sister, Felicia. Pilar is in many ways like her grandmother, striving to maintain her culture and hopes to one day return to Cuba. Dancing Works Cited Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. New York: Knopf, 1992. Print.
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2012.<http://www.dancecuban.net/section/2/cuban_dance/> In Latin America there are all different types of dances.
Bolero, cha cha, Conga, Mambo, Meringue, Tengo, and Samba
Children learn these dances young, as soon as they begin to walk.
In Cuba, people just dance on the street, its the thing to do.
In the novel, Ivanito learned to dance really young. By the time he was 5 he knew how to dance the mambo, cha-cha, danzon, and the guaracha. In CUba, life wouldn't be the same without dance, it exhilarates the people. Felicia is the daughter of Celia and remains in Cuba throughout the story, but she takes no part in the revolution as her mother does. She has had three husbands and three children but her first husband who was abusive never left her the same. She had attempted to kill him by setting him on fire as he slept. Her second husband was killed by a grease fire at a hotel four days after the marriage. Felicia soon became fond of the religion Santeria and she had often sacrificed animals and the religion was actually the death of her, she began to grow more and more worse in her condition and the woman she had stayed with during the time when she joined the religion began to make sacrifices in Felicia's name to better her health but Felicia died the day of the sacrifices due to illness. Throughout the story Felicia was quite a crazy personoften having conversations with her father and she had once burned a womans scalp with Lye and her own menstrual blood. pg.150 Themes: Throughout the book, family plays an enormous role. There is a constant struggle between mother and daughter. Lourdes and Celia lose touch when Lourdes moves her family to America, and Pilar (Lourdes' daughter) continuously rebels against her mother, eventually running away from home. In Hispanic culture, the family is extremely close-knit. However, when Lourdes moves to America, the family falls apart. Lourdes and her husband seem extremely distant, and Pilar seemingly despises every moment she spends with her mother. Pilar holds a grudge against her mother for moving from Cuba, because she wants a relationship with her grandmother. Lourdes is the daughter of Celia and mother of Pilar. Lourdes is a capitalist and she despises the revolution. When her daughter was at the age of two she decided to move to new york where they established a bakery. Lourdes was a firm believer in tough love with her daughter and was very strict with her. When Lourdes read Pilars diary she found out her daughter had used the shower head for sexual pleasure and she had beat her and made her work in the bakery for 25 cents an hour. PG.27 Lourdes is important to the story because she is the reason why the family has been split apart. "Search Results." Search Results. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Dec. 2012. "Welcome to Dance Cuban." Cuban Dances and dance. We design and SEO. 10 Dec. 2012
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