The Cuban Revolution began at a time when Cubans could no longer tolerate the American capitalist influence in Cuba. Cubans blamed the United States for their destitutions and for the ruthlessness of American politically supported dictator Fulgencio Batista. Bastia’s administration was inhumane. Of the countless things he did, he annulled the 1940 Constitution that he helped to instate, widened the gap between wealth and poverty and turned United States supplied guns and ammunition on his own people. Fidel Castro and the 26th of July Movement extended hope and freedom to the oppressed people of Cuba. Castro earned the support of the public during his most famous speech “History Will Absolve Me.” From this speech, Castro and revolution promised the “restoration of civil liberties and political democracy” (The Cuban Reader 309) along with solving the problems of land, industrialization, housing, education, and health. Education, literacy, and art were important for social justice and cultural reformation. The revolutionary army reached Havana in 1959; Batista fled the country leaving Castro and his rebels to rise to power over the country. Fidel Castro reigned over Cuba from 1959 to 2008 when he transferred power over to his brother, Raul Castro. During this time, the revolutionary leader the country looked to save them from American exploitation turned into a dictator comparable to Batista.
On November 25th, 2016 millions in Cuba and around the world rejoiced as news spread that the dictator who keep Cuba under harsh control for almost five decades was dead. However, one that did not get to celebrate this was Reinaldo Arenas. Reinaldo Arenas is cons...
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...f naked men bathing in a river in one scene. It goes on to introduce his writing and poetry skills. Reinaldo spends time carving poetry into trees and in school, his teacher recognizes that Reinaldo was adept in writing poetry which lead to an outburst by his grandfather. Subsequently, his grandfather moved the family to Holguín, Cuba, opened a grocery store, and never discussed the incident again. In Holguín, “a town of 200,000 and one garbage truck,” (Before Night Falls. 00:07:47) Reinaldo experiments with sexuality at age 15 in what can best be described as a brothel.
By this time the revolution had begun and rebels were moving across the country toward Havana. Reinaldo, like many others, was drawn to the revolutionary cause that promised freedom and expressionism. Only a teenager and by the influence of a friend, he decided to leave home and join the revolution.
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