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Resistance as exhibited throughout this units readings provides a dangerous outlet for the frustrations of Latinos everywhere People in Latin countries such as Cuba often times seem to express that by sitting quietly under a dictators rule you are agreeing with his regime They combat this phenomena in both violent and nonviolent ways but both provide serious risk Rules setup in countries like Cuba are severly enforced evident by the numerous soldiers encamped on every street In Margarita Engles short story From Singing to Cuba the theme of resistance looms over the story and dictates the actions of the characters Examples of resistance occur throughout this story but several particular incidents provide very sufficent evidence of this Firstly the main character Miguelito wears a large crucifix around his neck when walking in public This action is very taboo in this area of the world and this fact alone plays a large role in Migelitos choice to wear it He left the top button of his shirt open to make sure the crucifix showed and he walked with pride relieved to be taking a step so bold and defiant This statement alone proves that not only does he wear the piece of jewelry for his love of god but also to show his resistance towards the rules Another big example of resistant behavior is the meer fact that the two family members converse openly throughout the story Foreigners and natives are not allowed to speak at all in Cuba and by conversing the two are leaving themselves at severe risk of being punished These types of little resistive fights occur through the entirety of the story one building to another Through resistance the characters in this story develop an inner pride at not being the lapdogs of the Castro regime Although not fighting to the degree of some people such as the Mirabel sisters against Trujillo Miguelito and his relative are certainly showing that they
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