Julia Alvarez Questions and Answers

Julia Alvarez

"Names/Nombres" is a actually less a story, and more a personal essay. Rather than creating a fictional plot and characters, Julia Alvarez is reflecting on her own experiences and combining them to...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2016 5:53 pm UTC

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Julia Alvarez is a Dominican-American writer. She was born on March 27, 1950. Now, she writes about how she learned English. She emphasizes her struggles with English. Julia was born in New York...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2012 10:02 pm UTC

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This poem concerns a young girl’s early attempts at self-definition. Her perpetual scribbling is, in essence, an insistent yearning to remember her inner self and to remain true to her dreams. She...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2010 10:29 am UTC

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The father of Alvarez's "Daughter of Invention" has realized that his behavior the night before was over-reactive and rather cruel. For, as he listened to the daughter read her speech, written...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2015 3:20 am UTC

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Julia Alvarez opens the essay “Names/Nombres” with a catalogue of mispronunciations, starting with her family’s arrival at Immigration in New York, where the officer addressed her father as “Mister...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 8:15 am UTC

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This story, which is told from the first-person point of view, focuses on the narrator's immigrant family from the Dominican Republic. The story reveals interrelated conflicts that arise out of the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2010 9:46 am UTC

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In the very first paragraph of “My English,” Julia tells us that she and her family, living in the Dominican Republic, only spoke Spanish at home. However, all that changed when Julia and her...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2021 12:46 pm UTC

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"I, Too, Sing América" by Julia Alvarez is a response to both Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" and Langston Hughes's "I, Too, Sing America," and it shares their theme of diversity. Whitman's...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2021 4:24 am UTC

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Of course, all symbols represent something bigger and larger than just themselves, and this short story is no exception. Clearly, for me, the biggest symbol in this short story is the typewriter...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2010 9:22 pm UTC

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Julia Alvarez lives with her partner Bill Eichner, and together founded the Alta Gracia Foundation to support local libraries. She is influenced mainly by stories her father told her as a child...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2010 4:21 am UTC

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"Daughter of Invention" focuses on the relationship between a daughter and her mother. The first mentions of the child's father are in passing: the girls, with our narrator as their spokesperson,...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2019 5:21 pm UTC

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In answering a question about tone, make sure to think about how the author feels about his subject. We can accomplish this task by looking at the word choice, particularly imagery, and then...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 3:59 pm UTC

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Novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez writes complex examinations of the multicultural Latin American experience by employing her Dominican heritage and melding it with her American...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 4:20 pm UTC

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Yes, there is figurative language in Julia Alvarez's poem "Woman's Work." There is a range of this language. There are visual images (like her scrubbing the floor). There are analogies ("keep house...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 4:20 am UTC

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Julia Alvarez's "Daughter of Invention" is a short story about the cultural adjustments of a family who flee the revolutionary Dominican Republican and immigrate to New York. In the family's...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2014 10:18 pm UTC

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The questions indicate it may be helpful to 1) chose a style of literary criticism relative to a specific piece of writing by the author and 2) separate the author from her work. One style of...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 10:52 pm UTC

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In this story of a family suffering persecution and under surveillance because of their lack of support for the president of their country, Mr. Victor, the American consul, is a close friend of the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2010 7:07 am UTC

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Below is an idea of an outline that would contain Julia Alvarez' biographical information, as well as information of some of her literary writings....

Latest answer posted April 20, 2013 7:23 pm UTC

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In In The Time of The Butterflies, the butterflies (las mariposas) are Dede's sisters who were tragically murdered (and therefore martyred) because of their involvement in the Dominican Republic's...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2015 6:05 am UTC

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You will find the idiom “To me it makes no difference. To me.” in Julia Alvarez’s book Once Upon a Quinceanera: Coming of Age in the USA. An idiom is a type of figurative language in which the...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 5:06 pm UTC

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This is obviously a question that could have a lot of varied answers, but I think that Julia Alvarez has done a great job of proving that she is a novelist of literary merit. She has a unique and...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 10:25 am UTC

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Minerva becomes a leader of the underground movement against Trujillo and is code named Mariposa, which means butterfly. She eventually arrested for her insurgent activities and is imprisoned as is...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 12:08 pm UTC

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