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It is a fact that almost all of the people in Canada are immigrants or come fromimmigrant descent If it were not for the millions of people who have fled to Canada inhope of a better life Canada would never have prospered into what it is today As a resultof this fact it is hard to believe that immigrants are still faced with many hardships whenthey enter Canada Most immigrants have good intentions in mind when coming to a newcountry Immigrants coming to Canada believe that they will be able to keep their culturebecome successful and prosper These misleading hopes set the immigrant up for a life ofcontinuous disappointment Canadian Literature portrays the immigrant experience in anegative light The Canadian experience for immigrants appears to be programmed forfailure Immigrants try to adopt a new identity in hope that this will enable them tosucceed in the future Venturing to new lands often compels immigrants to isolatethemselves from society by holding onto their own traditions and disregarding the newculture Immigrants who seek to become successful in Canada are often let down bywhat they have found and are left feeling fearful desolate and helpless Immigrant characters in Canadian literature often express a fear of losing theiridentity and culture For most immigrants culture is the only thing that truly belongs tothem when they come to a new country In the novel The Black Madonna by Frank PaciAssunta Barrone is one of the main characters who has immigrated from Italy to a smalltown in Northern Ontario Her refusal to adapt or change herself in any way to becomemore Canadian exemplifies her desire to keep her Italian heritage It had been a long time since she had stepped off that train with herdowry trunk And in all that time she had never ceased to puzzle him Hedidnt know whether she had purposely refused to adapt to the new waysor if she was incapable of doing so She was certainly stubborn
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