Julia Álvarez Writing Styles in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

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Point of View

The point of view of a piece of fiction is the perspective from which the story is told. A third person narrator relates most of the stories in How the Garda Girls Lost Their Accents, referring to characters as "he" or "she." For the most part, tills narrator is omniscient, or "all-knowing," able to reveal the thoughts of all the characters in the story. There are stories or portions of stories, however, when one or another of the sisters takes over the narration, making it first person ("I"). Yolanda, the poet and writer, is the sister who most often takes the role of narrator.

Structure

Alvarez's unique structure in How the Garda Girls Lost Their Accents illustrates the struggle the girls endure in their search for identity. The novel consists of fifteen short stories that sometimes center on one family member and sometimes on several. The...

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