Maria Fernandez Rdquo Summary

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In “The Transformation of Maria Fernandez” author Anita DiPasquale describes, how a war in Nicaragua between the Sandinistas and the Contras affected Maria Fernandez life. When Anastasio Somoza Garcia had himself elected president of Nicaragua, all three Somozas ran the countries affairs to benefit themselves and against the interest of their citizens. Life for the Nicaraguan citizens was harsh, they suffered from poverty. When the people finally realized that life wasn’t going to get any better, they decided to turn to their only other option, the communist Sandinista government. When the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza regime in 1979, they became the government of Nicaragua. The Sandinistas were a communist regime that…show more content…
Maria lived in the north, in Matagalpa which was known for its mountains and its hard living. People from Matagalpa were different from other Pacific cultures; they worked alone on their small plots of land. The land was small and not fertilized, so Maria and her family had to work extra hard to grow food to survive. Maria’s dad assigned the job of spreading the fertilizer on their land to Maria. Despite all the hard work they were very happy and working together on their land made them very close to each other. Maria remembers fondly of her mother, of her cooking and the smell of her mother’s tortilla’s and the dresses she made for her from spare pieces of cloth. “They always had flowers on them, pink and yellow”. (190) This was the way her mother showed her love for her. Not able to buy anything Maria’s mother did the best she could be provide for her and her brother Alberto. Maria also remembers their last family outing to Puerto Cabezas; where they had a boat ride and saw giant tortoises bigger then her little brother her memories of this makes Maria chuckle. Maria’s memories were the only thing she had left from her family…show more content…
Maria recalls this day “started like any other day” (191) she was about 14 or so and Alberto 4. Maria was home with her mother and brother, but her father was fighting in the jungle. On this day she saw smoke hovering over the village, which meant Contras were attacking nearby. Maria’s neighbor comes screaming “Contras” through the house covered in blood. Maria’s mother acts fast and hides Maria and Alberto in the hole her father made for their safety. Maria’s mother scarifies herself for the safety of her children. If Maria’s mother went into the hole with them the Contras would of notice the untouched breakfast on the table and would search for them and kill them all. By Maria’s mother staying behind the Contras thought they got everyone in the house and would not search for Maria and Alberto. Trauma begins when Maria hears everything from the hole and the torturing and screaming of her mother. Maria being 14 wants to go and help her mother but doesn’t cause of the safety of Alberto. Maria makes sure that Alberto does not hear anything and covers his ears. After all the screaming from Maria’s mother she hears gun shots and then silence. Knowing the horror she was going to find when she came out of the hole she tears a piece of her dress that her mother made for her and blindfolds
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