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“I was the one cooking, cleaning, doing the wash, buying groceries, writing letters to the bank to explain why a house payment was going to be late” (Diaz 56).
Lola struggles to live up to the perfect daughter persona that daughters of Dominican descent are supposed to act like.
“I (Lola) stayed at home and made sure Oscar was fed and that everything ran right while she (the mother) was at work. I raised him and I raised me” (Diaz 56).
As a result of her race and gender, she was expected to raise not only herself, but also help out with the motherly duties of raising her siblings.
“When that thing happened to me when I was eight and I finally told her (the mother) what he had done, she told me to shut my mouth and stop crying” (56-57).
Because of her gender and the culture she was living in, Lola was forced by her own mother to forget an instance of sexual assault.
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