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Liberty by Julia Alvarez
Transcript of Liberty by Julia Alvarez
The story "Liberty" focuses on the narration of a fifth grade girl and her family in the 1950's or 60's. She is given a dog in the very beginning of the story that serves as a symbol for the families struggle uncovered thought the reading. The narrator gives a innocent tone to the story while in the background, a reader can see the danger the family is facing. They are exiles in the Dominican Republic, facing the dangers in their own country. With the help of a American consul, they hope to get visas to leave the country and go the United States.
by Julia Alvarez
In the 1950-60's in the country of the Dominican Republic, people were in fear of their future being living under their government. Some of these people lived in exile as their best resort to stay safe. This was a time when the Dominican Republic government was taking the measure to spy on their own people. The government is watching to survey any suspicions of its people going against them. This is the fear that the narrator of the story is living in.
The author of this story is Julia Alvarez, was raised in the Dominican Republic after her parent failed attempt at living the United States. She was born in New York City, but her parents soon decided to go back to their home country controlled by a dictator rather than the U.S. Her family was in
About the Author
The author of this story, Julia Alvarez, was raised in the Dominican Republic after her parents first attempt at living in the United States. She was born New York city, but her family soon went back to their home country controlled by a dictatorship rather than the U.S democracy. Years later, her family went back into danger, and they rushed back to the United States. Three months later -accounted in another book she wrote- where the illegals her father had been apart of were found out and murdered. If they had not left, Alvarez and her family would have been killed as well.
The author of this story constructed it on her own first hand account of everything she was trying to show the reader. She saw, new, and had been in the situations her characters in this story went through. In the story itself, you really have to look in the background and your own personal knowledge of the subjects presented to fully understand what is happening to the family versus trying to comprehend what the narrator -a fifth-grade girl- is telling us.
Besides having to know these things, the author gives a real tone to the story that wants to put you on edge, because -just like the little girl- we also have to look deep to see what is truly going on.
After the Haitian rule over the Dominican Republic, the island faced many dictatorships to further weaken its people and economy. In the time "Liberty" was portrayed, Rafael Trujillo had been the president in the Dominican Republic since 1932, becoming the dictator of the country in the Dominican Party. Under his control, the Dominican Republic faced one of the bloodiest era's in the Americas. Anyone who was suspected to oppose his rule was imprisoned or killed. The United States tried its best to help the Dominican people, helping some to get visa to come to the U.S. like the story's narrator's family had done.
Trujillo was assassinated in 1961, ending the dictatorship of the Dominican Republic. Now, the country is a democracy.
Culture and History
The culture in the Dominican Republic is a mix of Spanish, African, and the Taíno natives. The island was the first to be colonized in the Americas by the Spanish and after disease wiped out many of the natives, African slaves were brought to replace them.
After the Haitian liberation over the whole island, slavery was abolished and the Spanish taken from power. Now, both African and Taino culture is the most prominent over the Dominican Republic while the most common language is Spanish.
The African and Spanish influence can be seen in the food of the island. The most common foods in the Dominican Republic is Rice and beans. These are both easily grown on the island along with citric fruits -but not lemons- like mango and passion fruit. The most common meats are chicken and pork, which are often eaten with plantains -a fruit similar to a banana.
Due to the poverty covering a majority of the island, many of the foods are produced right at home.
Ms. Nouf AlKarimi
the narrators father brings home a puppy that the mother does not approve of
The narrator gradually grows up with the dog and the parents are thinking about moving to America
The parents decided to move to the United States.
The narrator witnesses her house getting demolished inside.
The narrator gives up Liberty
Character definition- The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual, or a person in a novel, play or movie.
"Mami seemed absent and tense and always in tears"(Alvarez 187)
Point Of View
The point of view in the short story Liberty is told in a first person narrative, context clues to this is the narrator uses the words "i" and "we" this contributes to the theme by not being all knowing or explained by another character in the story.
Theme definition-The central idea or insight revealed by a work of literature.
Theme of Liberty- The importance of freedom we should not take for granted.
"All i can do is hope that when we come back-as Mami has promised we will-my Liberty will be waiting for me here."(Alvarez 190)
"I'm going to tell you a little secret,'' she offered now. You're going to find Liberty when you get to the United States."(Alvarez 188)