Julia Alvarez, a Hispanic American writer, wrote the short tale "A Daughter of Invention." Her family relocated from the Dominican Republic to the United States. That is what the mother intended to say: she wanted her daughter to adapt the new way of life in America. But what actually happened was that the young girl invented something that changed the world forever.
In addition to being a writer, Julia Alvarez is also an academic who has taught at various universities including Columbia and Stanford. She has published several books about Latin American literature. One of these is a novel titled "Daughter of Invention".
The story focuses on María de la Cruz. At the age of 11, she is given a robot by her father who wants her to grow up learning how to manage it. However, when Maria grows up she decides to move to Puerto Rico where she can develop her invention further. There, she meets other inventors who help her improve her device until one day it succeeds in talking! This makes Maria decide to go back home so she can promote her idea with the government. However, before she leaves, she tells her parents that she will send them news about her project monthly.
Three years later, the first bulletin is sent from Maria's device. It says that she has succeeded in developing a machine that can talk! This makes her parents proud of their young daughter who has become an inventor like them.
Genre. Although Julia Alvarez's "Daughter of Invention" appears to be a factual autobiography, it is essentially fiction because the plot focuses on a fictional character that Alvarez developed based mostly on herself. Thus, "Daughter of Invention" is a work of fantasy or science fiction.
Factual auto biographies are not uncommon among writers who have not completed high school. However, they must provide evidence of having read the source material (in this case, a biography or history of someone named Julia) and must avoid presenting information in the voice of the subject. They must also avoid presenting information that cannot be verified by secondary sources. For example, one cannot make statements like "X first sold over Y million copies" without providing documentation for such claims. Factual auto biographies are often used by authors as a way of showing how much research they have done on their subjects. However, these books tend to be very dry and boring since the author usually has nothing interesting to say about themselves.
Alvarez began writing "Daughter of Invention" in 1999 while she was attending Columbia University. The book is composed of alternating chapters titled "The Child Julia," "The Young Julia," "The Marriage Julia," and so on. Each chapter focuses on one of Julia's friends from childhood until she becomes a young woman.
The resolution was that the speech be worded in a way that favored the school's nuns. We meet the family and get a sense of how they are. Laura, the mother, expresses a desire to create something. And the daughters are dissatisfied with their upbringing. They want to break free.
In the end, it is revealed that Mr. Edison invented a device called a phonograph. This will become one of the most important inventions in history. It can play recordings on discs that can be kept forever!
Mr. Edison also plays a role in this story. He believes there is money to be made in recording voices. Thus begins the modern day music industry.
Additionally, we learn that Mrs. Edison has been dead for several years. Her husband has been living alone since then. No one has come forward to claim her estate. So he has not paid his taxes and has gone bankrupt. The government takes everything he owns to pay off his debts.
Finally, we are told that the father did not have any children other than these two daughters. So they are all he has left now.
These are the main characters in our story. Next, I will discuss each one in more detail.
1. Mr. Edison is a great inventor. He has over 3,000 patents behind him.
According to biography.com, she said in her patent application that the goal of her invention was "to make a cheap, simple, convenient, and highly effective apparatus, particularly designed to be employed in ironing the sleeves and body of women' apparel."
Boone's invention was an improvement upon other devices used at the time to smooth out wrinkles in clothing. It consisted of two barrels connected by a rod, with one end of the rod attached to each barrel. As you moved the rod back and forth, it would push the barrels together, causing the surface underneath to compress.
In use, Boone's machine was placed between the bed and the body of a steam-driven iron. When you pressed the handle of the iron down, the rod inside the machine went up, turning a wheel which in turn turned the rod outside the machine, thus moving it back and forth. This action was supposed to squeeze some soap into a container below the machine for use with hot water when you needed to wash clothes that had been ironed using it.
People had already invented several machines before Boone came along that were meant to do the same thing as her device but they were all too complicated and expensive to be sold under $100. Her idea was not only easy to use but it worked well too. Her machine was popular among middle-class Americans who could afford it.