Daughter of Invention by Julia Alvarez
is about a family that immigrated to
This story is told from a first person point-of-view. Cukita is the main character who talks about her story and the way that she felt at the time.
The conflicts in this story are external conflicts (person vs. person, and culture.)
~It is person vs. person because Cukita is having different opinions from her father about fitting in.
~It is person vs. culture because Cukita is trying to fit in which means giving up her culture.
The crisis of the story is Cukita had to figure out what to write in her speech the night before she was supposed to deliver her speech. She had to rewrite it because her father thought is was disrespectful, so he ripped it up and said that she couldn’t deliver the speech.
The resolution was that speech was rewritten in a way that was favorable of the nuns at the school.
Cukita’s character developed in different ways. Cukita realized that more than one point of view can be right. She became more adaptable and less stubborn because she rewrote the speech the way that her father wanted it: no criticism and all compliments to the nuns.
Freedom – Cukita’s father doesn’t want Cukita say her
speech because he thought it was “showing no gratitude. It is boastful. ‘I celebrate myself’? ‘The best student learns to destroy the
teacher’? That is insubordinate. It is improper. It is disrespecting of her teachers.” He doesn’t realize that in
• Guilt – Her father felt bad about what he said to Cukita that he got her a typewriter to say that he was sorry for the way that he acted.
• Responsibility – Cukita knew that she had a speech to write and wrote it twice. She had to write it a second time because he father ripped it up.
• Fitting in – “I finally sounded like myself in English.” Cukita’s father didn’t want them to forget or lose their Spanish culture. He didn’t want them to fit in, even though it was what his daughters wanted.
• Adaptation – Cukita had to adapt her speech to the way that her father wanted it. They also adapted to the new culture. Her mother, father and herself adapted to each other’s ideas.
• Stubborness – Her father thought that only he was right and his daughter had to do what he wanted, which was to not deliver the speech. It didn’t matter that he was not in country with a dictator. Cukita thought that her father was being a dictator even though he just had a different point of view.