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How does Sofia's
relationship with her father change over time? Discuss why they
behave the way they do toward each other.
Sofia's relationship with Carlos changes
as she matures and seeks to assert her personal independence. They
also have difficulty relating to each other across cultural divides
created by the fact that he grew up in the Dominican Republic, and
she grew up in the United States. The conflict between Sofia and
her father grows out of the gap between these two cultural perspectives.
Sofia feels that it is her right to explore her sexuality however
she pleases while also enjoying the privacy and independence of
adulthood. Her father, on the other hand, feels that the presence
of loose women in his house disrespects his parental and male authority.
Sofia's flight from her father's house represents her desire to
assert her own independent authority as a woman and as an adult.
Her kiss at the birthday party reveals to her father in a very physical
way the extent and nature of her sensuality. She also publicly humiliates
him as she flaunts her sexuality in front of their guests. Despite
their mutual efforts to leave behind their turbulent past, Sofia
cannot forgive her father for his insulting and overbearing attitudes,
and her father cannot tolerate her overt expression of her sexuality
as a mature woman.
How does Yolanda's
attitude toward the English language change?
When Yolanda first learns English, it offers
tremendous potential for meaning and self-expression, though when
she goes insane, her English becomes fragmented and meaningless.
Yolanda begins to expand her English vocabulary while studying with
Sister Zoe. At this age, she learns words for things she has never
even seen or experienced, like snow. As she grows older, she realizes
that English better prepares her to interact with American culture
and could open up a new world of language and literature. Yolanda's
first speech written for school embodies the American attitude that
encourages intellectual independence and aesthetic risk-taking,
which she first encounters in Walt Whitman's writings. As a poet,
words have a particular and very important significance for her.
Her inability to understand the words that John spoke represents
their problems communicating on a personal level. This gap between
what he said and what she understood led to the breakdown of their
marriage. This communication problem is reflected through the transformation
of language into meaningless and garbled babble. The black bird
that emerges from her throat and attacks Dr. Payne symbolizes her
fears that language, and specifically her own words, could hurt the
people she cares about. The allergy that she develops to certain emotionally
charged words like love also represents her fear of the damage she
could do to those she cares about should she use language to convey
Why does Carla
want to return to the Dominican Republic?
As the oldest daughter, Carla has the closest
ties to the Dominican Republic, and the most trouble adapting to
the English language and American culture. The harassment she endures
on the way to and from school also makes her painfully aware of
the hostility toward immigrants that faces the family in their new
home. Aside from the pain of leaving her extended family and the
difficulty of transitioning to a new neighborhood, school and country,
Carla also faces the traumas of puberty that any girl her age encounters. Her
innocence regarding sex leaves her unprepared to deal with a perverted
exhibitionist and possible child molester. Carla longs for the familiar
and comfortable home she left behind in the Dominican Republic,
as any girl her age might after moving a long distance. Yet unlike
a child who is allowed to keep their language and culture, she also
must face an openly hostile environment. Her first experiences of
the United States are more traumatic than her sisters' impressions are,
and so she feels that she has less to look forward to when contemplating
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