The Mambo Kings Sing Songs Of Love Analysis

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Success and failure are both essential in the modern world with people constantly competing with each other, regardless if it is the stock market or the music industry expressed through the motivations of individuals. The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love, by Oscar Hijuelos was written after the end of the Cold War in 1989. Although Hijuelos was born an American, he was able to gain knowledge from his Cuban relatives in order to put together interesting stories about different scenarios that relate to issues that have plagued immigrants. During the final stretches of the Cold War, the insurrection of the Cuban state by Fidel Castro’s Communist regime led to the ineluctable migration of Cuban civilians to the United States. In his novel, Hijuelos depicts the struggles of Cuban musicians immigrating to the United States to define the necessity…show more content…
Hijuelos uses dynamic characters with several defining attributes to show how different mentalities have adapted to these environments. Foreign conflict inevitably disperses civilians, causing mass immigration to new places and the author hopes to show how the implications of immigration can have a multi-generational effect. The success that Cesar wished to achieve was often-times clouded by his obsessions which led to his demise. This vision of success was inspired by not only his talent but his motivation to pursue music. Success is frequently interpreted differently by peoples of different backgrounds and upbringings. Cesar and Nestor wanted fame over everything, similar to that of Arnaz. However Eugenio what nothing of that life after seeing what it did to his family which can be described as the generational gap between them. Although the novel strictly highlights the struggles of immigrant families, it provides a provocative insight into the success and failures of people’s
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