BC: The most Interesting aspect of Martha's life to me would be how she coped with all of her troubles. She struggled with her mother and cried for fourteen days but, besides that never once did she mention struggle with making friends.She also never mentioned problems with racism. Either she didn't mention these things or she coped really well with moving to the Bronx which is exactly what I think she did.
FC: Martha An Immigrant from the Dominican Republic
1: Martha was born in the Dominican Republic. A country the size of Maryland and Massachusetts combined. At a young age, while Martha was too young to know what was happening, her father walked out on her and her mother. Martha's mother had no money and had a child to care for(Martha).To make money for her daughter and to start a new life for herself Martha's mother set out to New York city illegally. Martha's mother left her to live with her aunt, uncle, and five cousins. Martha's mother came back when she was 10 then she moved into the Bronx with her mother.She finally had the papers to bring her daughter to the U.S legally.
2: For the First fourteen days in America Martha just cried and cried until her mother threatened to send her back to the states. Martha finally got to know her mother, she did not like her much. Martha's mother had rules. She could not date until she was fifteen nor could she wear makeup. Martha also could not play volley ball, her mother said it was a waist and that it wouldn't get her anywhere in life. When Martha did get a boyfriend her mother interrogated him asking him what he planned to do with her daughter.
3: Despite her troubles with her mother Martha liked living in America. This is mostly because she had her boyfriend whom she frequently saw without her mothers permission. Martha could not become a citizen because her identification papers were somehow lost. This did not effect her because she felt like an American and that was good enough.
4: Around the time Martha was immigrating her country had just has an intervention that was forced by the U.S. Her country had been under rule of a dictator that lasted from 1966-1978. Also during this time the unemployment rate was very high. After that dictator's rule the government moved towards a representative democracy form of government.
5: One way that my life is similar to Martha's is that we both as teenagers always want more. No matter how many cool pieces of technology that I may receive I will always want more. No matter how late Martha's mother lets her stay out she will always want more.Even though her mother is strict, every time her mother gave her a curfew she wanted it pushed back half an hour. This is how Martha and I are similar, no matter how much we are given we both want more.
6: One difference between Martha and I is that I am more fortunate than she is. What i mean by that is that I am more financially stable than she is. And I am also luckier because I do not have any parents as strict as her mother. I am younger than this girl and my curfew is hours past hers. This our difference, I am more fortunate because I do not deal with the misfortunes that Martha deals with.I am aloud to do more than her.
7: The symbol I would use to describe Martha's struggles would be a cage. A cage traps somebody within and they are not able to get out. Although Martha is not actually in a cage she is trapped and unable to make decisions on her own without being told that she is wrong. She is confined to whatever her mother says and that to me is much like being in a cage.