Running Head: Literacy Analysis
“We Came All the Way
from Cuba so You Could Dress Like That?” By
Thesis: Changing your identity through family or social pressure may not define you better than naturally
finding a way and a place to be!
“We came all the way from Cuba so you could dress like this?” The protagonist in this episode is
under pressure from her family and the society to uphold their cultural inclination; she is under pressure
from her comrades at the university to match their trend; she is under pressure from the thought that she
can find her real identity only when she returns and indeed settles in Cuba! Her original homeland-all in a bid
to find her identity.
The narration switches between the narrator’s experiences at the immigration office, like one with a
Catholic former-prostitute who foreshadows the narrator’s sexuality, and her life in America in the years
after, like her father’s criticism of her Americanized wardrobe, the source of the story’s title. -Throughout
the story, she struggles with finding her identity.
The narrator struggles so much to match her college mates through adapting to their dress code, this
does not define her; the society and indeed her father’s push for her to maintain a particular way of dressing
does little to give her real identity. Her ideologies differ with those of her parents: what they expect of her in
terms of career-her father wishing that she becomes a lawyer or judge while the mother thinks of her as a
news anchor. She studies optometry at the university and against her mother’s wish that she would be
calm, settle for studies and eventually have a family-happily married; she agitates for liberty for the
gay. In the quest for identity, she comes out as the voice of rebellion against national bellicosity and
heterosexist oppression as well as an advocate of consciousness raising.
Her father always ...
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