Conflicting Forces In Cristina Garcia's Dreaming In Cuban

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In Cristina Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban, the author frequently uses conflicting desires, ambitions, obligations, and influences as a way of tearing the mind of a character into two, and causing them continuous struggle throughout the novel. As well, these conflicting forces often illuminate the meaning of the work as a whole, by revealing the theme of the novel through the characters’ resolution of their conflict. In particular, Pilar is often the victim of conflicting forces which cause her to struggle throughout much of the novel. The conflicting forces of a desire to reconnect with her Cuban grandmother and her mother’s harsh anti-Cuban influence illuminate the overall theme that once cannot be quick to pass judgment. Pilar’s connection…show more content…
This is seen when Pilar describes various times when her mother expresses discontent for Cuba, and states, “Mom says ‘Communist’ the way some people says ‘cancer,’ low and fierce” (71), as well as “She wants no part of Cuba, no part of its wretched carnival floats creaking with lies, no part of Cuba at all, which Lourdes claimed never possessed her” (167). This shows not only how Lourdes is very open about her hatred for Cuba and its people, but also how this sort of language effects Pilar. This is seen when Pilar compares how her mother says, “communist,” to cancer. The negative connotation of cancer denotes how Pilar is truly affected by her mother’s rhetoric, to the point where it causes her to connect the communists of Cuba with cancer. Furthermore, it becomes obvious that Pilar’s mind is being pulled apart by her and her mother’s conflicting view of Cuba simply due to the fact that she mentions it to the reader many times. With Pilar’s sections of the novel often written in a diary type format with very personal information, one can assume that what Pilar states is an accurate and true representation of her
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