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“The Cuban Swimmer”

Millions of immigrants flee to this county in search of the American “dream.” Whether that dream is success, wealth or happiness, it is the dream for something better than the life they have now. Throughout history, Cubans have come to the United States in search of a better life. The short story “the Cuban Swimmer” illustrates the reality of life as seen through spirituality, trials and tribulations, and love.
One of these realities of life is spirituality. In the story “The Cuban Swimmer” the spirituality of the Suarez’s family is very strong. Spirituality has to do with bringing life and all its signs, under the guidance of the Spirit of God. For instance, when Aida and Abuela are at the side of the boat with their heads bowed down {crossing themselves} saying “En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espiritu Santo amen” (Sanchez-Scott 1278). Margarita also was looking for guidance under the spirit of god when she asking “Santa Teresa Little Flower of God, pray for me… mother pray for me” (1282).   The spirituality of the freedom of a person may be marked by distress. With that begin said, there was a time in the story that the Suarez’s as a family individually prayed for nothing to happen to Margarita; therefore, when they thought she was dead she was really 50 yard from the finish line.

In addition to spirituality, trials and tribulations is another illustration on reality of life. Throughout this short story the hardships that the Suarez’s family goes through is breath taking. One of the trials that they go through is the oil slick. When Eduardo says “Rainbows on… Ay cono! Its an oil slick! You… stop the boat” (1278).   Margarita comes up covered in oil. Aida wanted to get her daughter out of the water. Whereas Eduardo says “we can’t touch her. If we touch her, she’s disqualified” (1279).   So there is misfortunes and pain that come from this one scenario that happen in just about everyone’s life. Also another trail and...

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