Julia Alvarez "Daughter of Invention"
Julia Alvarez "Daughter of Invention" 2000
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Julia Alvarez Daughter of Invention - The narrator and her family moved from the Dominican Republic to New York. - The narrator loved to event (by creative writing) she was much like her mother and did most of her “inventing at the end of the day, when all duties were taken care off. - Mom liked to invent things (by drawing). - The daughters (including narrator) and mother want to be more American while father does not (still speaks Spanish). - Daughters are not supportive of/encouraging their mother’s ideas and inventions. - Seems as if the narrator (the oldest daughter) resented her mother for being distant and spending most of her time “inventing”. - Being in a foreign place, the narrator and her sister(s) were struggling to find who they were as individuals and how they should behave; they were also bullied at school because of their Dominican accents. - The narrator loved to write and was praised for Creative Imaginative Week at the catholic school she attended. - Narrator’s family was being watched in the Dominican Republic. Father feared for his life. - It’s ironic how the father feared for his life in the Dominican Republic and had nightmares about his time there, but contemplated and spoke of returning to his homeland. - Father had a successful medical center in New York. - The narrator finally found her voice and was shut down by her father after weeks of thinking and working hard on her speech (inspired by Walt Whitman). - The mother’s last invention was the speech she wrote for the narrator (her daughter). About The Author Julia Alvarez - Poet, novelist and essayist. - Cultural upbringing includes both Dominican and American. - Alvarez was bore New York 1950. Lived in the Dominican Republic from 19501960 (until she was 10 years old). Class Notes - Characterization: way author describes characters. o Direct: TELLING what the character is like o Indirect: SHOWING what the character is like via dialogue and actions. Considered the best type of characterization.
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