Julia Alvarez is able to establish a feminine aspect of the Caribbean culture and lifestyles focused on four girls in her book, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. The main plot revolves around the four García girls – Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía – and how they have grown and come to terms on how to behave in the Caribbean. “For the García girls, the process is even more complicated because they are girls, and growing up is more difficult for girls… in a patriarchal society” (Barak, 160). In the Dominican Republic – or the Caribbean in general – girls have less of an opinion whe...
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...ciently able to base its argument and prove its thesis on the differences and similarities that males and females have in the Caribbean culture, and express thoughts on what it is like to live in the Caribbean culture in a masculine form or a feminine form.
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Alvarez, Julia. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents. New York: Algonquin Paperbacks, 1991. Print.
Barak, Julie. ‘Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre’: A Second Coming into Language in Julia Alvarez’s “How the García Girls Lost Their Accent” MELUS, Vol. 23, 1998. Print.
Diaz, Junot. Drown. New York: Penguin Group, Inc., 1996. Print.
Lewis. Unsettling Masculinity in the Caribbean: Facing a Future Without Guarantees. Florida: The University of Florida Press, 2003. Print.
Kempadoo, Kamala. Sexing the Caribbean: Gender, Race, and Sexual Labor. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print.
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