Julia Alvarez Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Which character or characters in How the Garciá Girls Lost Their Accents are most vividly portrayed?

Is it essential for immigrants to relinquish old traditions in order to seek the American Dream?

How does Julia Alvarez’s inversion of chronology affect the structure of the narrative in How the Garciá Girls Lost Their Accents?

In In the Time of the Butterflies, why does Dedé experience a sense of guilt after her three sisters were murdered? Is her guilt justified?

Who among the four sisters in In the Time of the Butterflies can be considered the most courageous?

Does Dedé’s failure to participate in the resistance movement make her a coward?