Institution Professor Course Date The “Trespass” story as an Initiation to Adulthood Introduction Garcia's family migrating to America is the foundation of Alvarez's story of "Trespass". Even though the family had recently moved to the suburbs of Long Island from the city Carla still felt she was in the wrong place and wanted to go back to her home country; the Dominican Republic. As a child Carla developed homesickness since she felt physical alienation. Her life in school was no joke the boys consistently insulted her because of her disturbing body changes. While on her way from school a pervert trails her and sexually assaults learning the new language seems to be a means of initiating Carla into adulthood. Conclusion Initiation to adulthood is perhaps one of the most challenging situations among the young generation. There are many challenges that arise from learning new things that are unfamiliar or perhaps unused to. For Carla her exposure and experience on sexual issues learning a new language physical alienation abnormal body changes as well as homesickness were a good measure of losing her childhood innocence so as to be initiated into adulthood. Work cited Alvarez Julia. How the Garcia girls lost their accents. Chapel Hill NC: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 1991 [...]
Please respond to ONE of the following questions and respond to one of your peers: 9) Throughout the story, Carla sense her "otherness," a feeling that she is somehow different from the norm. Write an essay analyzing Carla's experience in light of this notion. How might she be considered "other" because of her ethnicity? Her age? Her sex? Her position in the family? 10) This story can be read as a coming of age, or initiation story in which a child loses her innocence and is introduced to the world of adults. Write an essay analyzing the story from this perspective. Consider such features of the story as Carla's homesickness, her changing body, her learning a new language, and her confusion over sexuality.