Theme Of Sacrifice In Julia Alvarez's In Liberty And Exile

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Sacrificing is the act of giving up, destroying, permitting injury to, or forgoing something valued for the sake of something having a more pressing claim. In Liberty and Exile by Julia Alvarez a lot of people have to take certain responsibilities which can involve sacrificing.

Liberty is freedom from external or foreign rule. or independence. The author, Julia Alvarez, has been in simular situations to those in Liberty and Exile. " I think of myself at 10 years old, newly arrived in this country, feeling out of place, feeling that i would never belong in this world... and then, magic happened in my life.. an english teacher asked us to write little stories about ourselves". (145) When people migrate to somewhere else it takes some time for them to adapt to their surroundings. I believe that the authors tone is hopeful. Both the families were hoping to have a better life. They were under the power of a dictator. If you want freedom then you have to give up certain things you love. " all liberty involves sacrifices". (141)

The family in Liberty had to make a not so easy decision. The little girl was upset because she couldnt take the dog "liberty" with her to amercia. "Liberty" the dog could stand for more than what it's thought to be. "liberty" could stand for everything that they are leaving behind. " it suddenly dawned to me that we were leaving and that meant leaving everything behind". (143) from that you can say that sacrifing involves holding up certaing things you want and the things you worked for. the authors purpose is that it's hard to give up things you love.

Exile is isolation. in Exile by Julia Alvarez it is also that people have to take certain responsibilities which can involve sacrifices. When Julia Alvarez was young her family left their home in the Dominican Republic in...

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