The stealthy way Julia Alvarez formulates her narrative is through a multitude of characters that experience fear and intimidation from the Dominican Republic dictator El Jefe, however he is better known as Rafael Trujillo. Alvarez breaks the story into three different sections where Dede, one of Mirabal sisters and the lone survivor to the Trujillo administration, discussed the past, present, and time period before Trujillo killed the Mirabal sisters. Alvarez used many different themes to show the true colors of the Dominican Republic’s history. This story is articulated from many different perspectives, but mainly through the words of Dede and her narration. However, at the same time there were underlying themes that helped explain the fear that was instilled in the characters.
II. The Impact of Spanish Colonialism in Cuba: Legitimizing Racial Schism- The specter of colonial repression, imposed by the institutions of slavery and the plantation system, has incessantly haunted Cuban society, culture, politics, and ideology. The legacies of slavery and the plantation system imposed a structural and systematic practice of racial discrimination against Afro-Cubans, which suppressed any ambition for the pursuit of liberty and equality. Despite Cuba’s abolition of slavery in 1886 and its winning of independence in 1902, Afro-Cubans remained destitute, marginalized, and in the periphery of political autonomy within Cuban society. Thus, the origins of Cuba’s disdainful race relations emerge during the Spanish colonial tenure in Cuba.
Her story is inspiring and although I do not believe it was her intention to inspire others, that is exactly what she has done. Sotomayor provides intimate personal details that co... ... middle of paper ... ... thought that Sotomayor shares serves a dual purpose. The first is that it propels her narrative forward, citing her sources of inspiration and educative moments that formed her. The second is that she provides social commentary on how she feels others should carry themselves in order to obtain success. Being actively engaged in an education was a key to her success, and therefore a key to success.
It pushes me to want to work harder. She inspires her students and motivates them to not give up when things get hard. There is always more than one way to accomplish a task. She told me once not to compare myself to others because God made us all to be unique and different, and that you should only strive to better yourself. Ask yourself this, “How can I make me better than what I already am?” Her students looked up to her the way I do.
For years Cuba not only has been fighting for freedom, also several domestic issues are being part of the island’s national history. Human rights, prostitution; and poverty are part of the most relevant domestic issues that Cuba is facing until now dates. While the government has the primary responsibility and is particularly accountable for the full execution of the human rights inherent to all human beings, Cuba is part of many countries around the world where human rights are violate on a daily basis. As reported on the Country Reports on Human Rights for year 2013; Cuba is a country where the government organized mobs to assault and disperse those who sought to gather peacefully (Country Reports of Human Rights), the society in Cuba live without guarantee of basic individual freedoms of press, religion, association, speech, etc. Cuba count with a political system of abusive laws, corrupt institutions, and with a criminal code that allows the state to imprison individuals even before they committed a crime on the suspicion that they might commit one in the future.
The plantations in the Caribbean played a significant role in shaping each colony in the development from colonialism to the modern society. In the other readings in class, we learned that Michelle Cliff (Abeng) despised the plantation systems because the Europeans profited from the sugar plantations, whic... ... middle of paper ... ...combination. The blending of the Spanish guitar and the African drum gives Cuban music its distinctive form, the rumba and son are good examples. Today Cubans are peoples of all different colors. The islands complicated history is evident in its inhabitants.
For instance both show strong will that many women are afraid to show. In Antigone the characters show many different capabilities, Antigone included, with these certain characteristics giving her the ability to bury her brother. As she simply says “Antigone: Guilty. I did it, I deny it not” (Sophocles, pg 189-190). This shows how Antigone is proud of what she is doing, standing up to Creon and his ways with unmoving motivation.
For` example she says, "It [is] my responsibility to formulate a way of being that [will] allow me to participate fully in my new environment while integrating and maintaining aspects of the old" (hooks 92). bell hooks writes not only to help others find strength to hold on to their pasts, but for her own resistance as well. Her audience is assured by her motives to educate and inform. Whereas hooks’s personal experience srenghtens her ethos, a certain rigidity used in addressing the audience simultaneously weakens her credibilty. For example, hooks’s tendency to label academics and groups unlike herself pushes the reader to see her as self-righteous.
Guarded because she needs to have walls up to protect herself from Charles. Because of this she become... ... middle of paper ... ...n, she choose to forgive him. Not only did she forgive him for treating her so cruelly, but she still loved him in the end. Helen has become a very strong and independent women; who takes conflict head on. Even though it hurts her and sometimes she feels lost; she still continues to move forward.
She is proud of these women as it is not easy for them succeed in the harsh environment. However, as time progresses, women are given more power and responsibilities in accordance to their capabilities. Also, most societies have allocated various slots for women in power and managerial positions to achieve equality and empower women. Despite of all these opportunities, some men still look down on the women as they believe that they are the superior gender. Nonetheless, the narrator advises women to turn a blind ear to the discouraging words and go ahead to achieve their