Bryce Neville Mrs. Ripton Honors Lit. Analysis March 4, 2011 Advantages and Benefits of The U.S. For The Garcia Girls Throughout the novel of How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, the four girls Carla, Sandi, Yolanda, and Fifi struggle within the United States. With these struggles, what the author doesn’t show is the opportunities gained by moving to the United States. These opportunities benefitted the girls with the discovery of snow and poetry for Yolanda, and education and women’s rights in the United States for Carla. This novel shows the struggles for foreigners in the United States, but really contributes in showing there are advantages behind these struggles. The discovery of poetry became an advantage to Yolanda. With this newfound poetry, Yolanda became inspired, “The poet’s words shocked and thrilled her.” (Page 143, Daughter of Invention). After discovering this poem by Whitman, she began to write poetry with an open heart. On top of being good at it, poetry helped Yolanda with identity. With poetry Yolanda could truly express and find herself. She could stand out with the poems she wrote. Also, discovering poetry helped her greatly because it inspired her to be a poet when she grew older, and she did, along with her being a teacher. The advantage of discovering this poetry in the United States helped Yolanda find something she loved to do, and a career. Contributing with identity, snow was a benefit to Yolanda in the United States. Yolanda discovered snow while at school in the United States, and would have never seen it in the
Dominican Republic. Once seeing it, she thought it was a bomb. After having explained that it was snow, Yolanda found it truly magnificent. The snow helps with identity by helping Yolanda realize “ Each flake was different, Sister Zoe had said, like a person, irreplaceable and beautiful.” (Page 167, Snow). Yolanda had always been associated as one of the four girls her whole life and realizing this helped her discover that she is truly Yolanda and not one of the four girls. She was truly herself, and discovering this helped her become more independent and free. Carla’s education and women’s rights in the United States was a great advantage. She studied to be a psychologist, and became one. In the DR Carla would not have had either of these opportunities. She would stop her education young and most likely become a housewife. In the United States though, she finished college and became what she wanted to be, a psychologist. Carla has become more successful in the United States, rather than in the Dominican Republic. Women’s rights also play a big role for Carla in the United States. In the Dominican Republic, a job like a psychologist would have most likely not gone to a woman. But woman in the United States have more freedom and can get any job they put their mind to. The United States truly affected the Garcia girls with opportunities and disadvantages. It had affected each girl in both good ways and bad ways. The United States had also changes the Garcia girl’s attitudes on matters such as their identity. With the opportunities and advantages given, the US had helped Yolanda and Carla with the discovery of snow and poetry for Yolanda, and education and women’s rights in the United States for Carla. This novel shows the struggles for foreigners in the United States, but really contributes in showing there are advantages behind these struggles.