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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

What is parent and child conflict in "Daughter of Invention" by Julia Alvarez?

In “Daughter of Invention” by Julia Alvarez there are several instances of conflict between parent and child. Laura Garcia, the wife of Carlos and mother to Carla, Sandra, Yolanda and Sofia,...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2015 10:58 am UTC

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How do descriptions of the girls being "like dolls in mourning" & living in a "wide-eyed...

It's been a while since I've read this, but as I recall the Garcia girls are experiencing quite a bit of culture shock when they make their move from the Dominican Republic to New York City.I would...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2007 7:24 am UTC

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What is the theme of "The Kiss" in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents?

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez presents the histories of the four García sisters in a series of connected short stories, revealing their struggles and origins through a...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019 11:04 pm UTC

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Explain the point of view in the chapter "Daughter of Invention."

"Daugter of Invention" by Julia Alvarez is told in the first personal narrative voice of the story's protagonist Cukita. As a result, the reader has the opportunity to witness Cukita's feelings...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2010 11:50 pm UTC

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What is one dominant culture conflict in the story "Daughter of Invention" from How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents?

I would argue that one of the principal ways in which cultural conflict is expressed through this story is through the desire of the girls to assimilate and the desire of their parents to not allow...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2011 7:35 pm UTC

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Explain the metaphor of the title.

In my opinion, the metaphor in the title is one in which the girls' accents serve as a metaphor for their identity as people from the Dominican Republic. What that means is that the book is really...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2010 3:49 am UTC

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How the story "Daughter of Invention" by Julia Alvarez relate to society?

Julia Alvarez's "Daughter of Invention" relates to society because it explores the nature of cultural conflicts that occur often in families who have immigrated to America from other countries. In...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2010 11:21 pm UTC

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What are two examples of personification in the book How the García Girls Lost Their Accents?

Personification involves making non-living things seem capable of having emotions and taking actions. Here are two examples of personification in How the García Girls Lost their Accents. One...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 8:27 pm UTC

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What are examples of the theme of family conflict in How The Garcia Girls Lost their Accents?

The primary conflict in the García family that runs through the novel is between the father, Carlos García, and the daughters. His conservative upbringing engrained the idea of strict patriarchal...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 12:51 am UTC

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What allusions are being made in How the García Girls Lost Their Accents?

There's an interesting allusion to a particularly dark chapter in the history of the Dominican Republic when Fifi says of Chucha that she was a real Haitian because she couldn't say certain words...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 9:40 am UTC

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Was Julia Alvarez effective in using reverse chronology to tell the story of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents?

While Julia Alvarez's work How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents has been praised for describing what is called the threshold experience of immigrants first entering their new countries, a time...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010 5:23 am UTC

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What does the cat symbolize?

The cat symbolizes the fear of the unknown. In the final story, Yoyo finds kittens that have been separated from their mother. A stranger tells Yoyo to not take a kitten. However, after she hears...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2017 1:26 am UTC

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Describe truth and beauty in the novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez. 

The poet John Keats famously said “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,”Mthat is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. One way to approach truth and beauty in the novel would be to examine...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2007 8:35 am UTC

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What is Alvarez saying about the Dominicans in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents?

Of the people, Alvarez is very affectionate and loyal. To Trujillo and his henchmen, she is justifiably critical, exposing the corruption of the regime and its malevolent leader. As the Garcia...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2008 4:27 am UTC

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Who is the author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents"?

The author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" is Julia Alvarez.

Latest answer posted October 31, 2007 4:19 am UTC

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What is the symbolic meaning that Alvarez states by "losing your language"?

What Alvarez means is two things: 1) losing the ability to speak the original language and 2) losing his identity which is attached to the native language.  

Latest answer posted November 18, 2007 8:34 am UTC

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Alvarez closes the book by comparing snowflakes to individual people. Why do you feel that is her major point?

There is the saying that "there are no two snowflakes alike", and that certainly applies to people, too. Every person is an individual with unique qualities that separate them from...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2007 4:45 am UTC

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In "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents," which of the four sisters was more light-skinned like their...

The second oldest sister, Sandra Garcia de la Torre, affectionately called "Sandi", is the lightest-skinned. She is considered to be "the pretty one", with "peaches and...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2008 1:57 pm UTC

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Who is General Rapael Trujilla?

Rafael L. Trujillo ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until 1961 when he was assassinated. He was president between 1930 and 1938, and then again from 1942 until 1952. The rest of the time he...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2009 12:30 pm UTC

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Did Sofia have a degree?  If so what was it in?

No. Sofia was way too stubborn to follow any direction in life. She gets the reader's attention much of the time in the story due to her rebellious nature, her jumping around from boyfriend to...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 2:18 am UTC

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Is "How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" actually a novel? I've heard it several times from my...

The book How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents would not be considered a novel. It is a group of short stories compiled in such a way that the reader follow the "Girls" from one story...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2008 5:58 pm UTC

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In the novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, does the final episode with the kitten suggest anything about...

This is a fairly tough and challenging image to deconstruct. Part of the reason is because it is so emotional and so powerful on an affective level. I think that the first thing that has to be...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009 10:35 am UTC

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What literary devices are used in how the garcia girls lost their accents with examples?

In How the García Girls Lost Their Accents some prominently featured literary devices pertain to language. The title itself is a metaphor, a direct comparison of unlike things for effect. Author...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2021 1:19 am UTC

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