Letters: Celia’s Character Progression through her Love Letters

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It seems that Celia is long lost in love with a stranger. At least, that is what Celia’s letters connote to readers. Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban, a novel about a dysfunctional Cuban family, demonstrates that politic views can affect family health. Although the novel focuses on politics and family relationships, Garcia’s character Celia, a main character that is in a love triangle, struggles between the past and present through her love letters because she wants Gustavo, an old lover, while she is in a relationship with Jorge, the new lover. With regards to Celia’s love letters, readers interpret the letters as a source for Celia to vent her emotions that she could not express towards her first love; however, analyzing the letters reveals that they play an important role in Dreaming in Cuban because the letters develop Celia as a character since she was an individual that likes to linger in the past, but due to the constant writing of the letters Celia learns to accept her present life. The love letters develop Celia’s progression because they reveal her characteristic. Celia’s shows characteristic of nostalgia: a person that wants to go back to the past. For example, even though Celia is with Jorge, she still writes to Gustavo: “I’ve told (Jorge) about you, about our meetings in the Hotel Inglaterra. He tells me to forget you” (Garcia 49). Celia is a nostalgic person because she is constantly thinking about Gustavo even though she is with Jorge. Furthermore, Jorge tries to get her attention by spending time with her, but Celia pushes Jorge away by mentioning about Gustavo. In addition, Jorge tries to take Celia away from her characteristic by telling Celia to forget about Gustavo. Despite that Jorge is trying to be with Celia, she is happier in the past than the present because she thinks of Gustavo. As a result, Celia has a desire to go back to the past

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