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Courtney Sprague February 10,2011 English 10 Julia Alvarez is an Author from the Dominic Republic, who writes about Her experiences in Her poems Exile, and All-American Girl, Antojos, and also in Her essay My First Free Summer. These stories explain how she felt when She had came to America. Alvarez uses figurative language to develop her style and theme. First of all in “My First Free Summer”, Alvarez tells her story of escaping a dictatorship in the Dominic Republic when she realizes she will need to speak English, she describes the language as being like “rock-in- your-mouth”(pg.265). This description tells the readers Alvarez believed English was a difficult ugly language, and something she did not want to do. When Alvarez`s family had come to America, She despised being Here She didn’t like the fact that she had to go to Summer School. She didn’t want to learn English at all. In Exile, Alvarez described leaving her country, like she was swimming in deep like Jesus on a Cross. Alvarez described arriving in American, was like being at Macy`s, the Worlds Largest Department Store. Julia Alvarez uses her experiences as both a citizen of the Dominic Republic and of the United States in her writing. Her background and culture are evident in her essay “My First Free Summer”, her poems “Exile”, and “All- American Girl”, and her short story Antojos. Julia Alvarez writes about experiences that she went through in the Dominic Republic, like how her country was being held under dictatorship, etc.
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