How do you think being raised around all men with machismo affected the girls in their lives? How do they end up viewing men like their father and other men from the island? Are they attracted to men like this in later life? What about Otto? Does he possess these same qualities?
It seems important in the novel for the children to be educated, even if only for a few years, in America. What do you think is the opinion of U.S. colleges as compared to colleges on the island? What is an education in America going to give the children that they will not receive at home? It also seems important to travel to America for those who can afford it. Is it viewed as an important part of the childrens' education to be exposed to America?
The story is filled with sexual overtones. What role...
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