El?as Miguel Mu?oz : the Cuban-Americans' adaptation to the North American culture
Cornwell, Patricia M.
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As a result of the Cuban Revolution of 1959, many Cubans chose to leave the island and migrate to the United States. These political refugees faced many cultural differences in their struggle to adapt to their new social environment. A common theme in the writing of El?as Miguel Mu?oz and other Cuban-American writers relates to these adaptation issues. In this paper, I have cited from Mu?oz' novels, Crazy Love. The Greatest Performance. Desde Esta Tierra and En estas tierras/In This Land and his short story, "The Movie Maker," to demonstrate how the immigrant must choose which set of cultural values to uphold, those of the Cuban or American society. Through this process of adaptation, the immigrant will be forced to examine his value system and redefine himself. As a Cuban-American, El?as Miguel Mu?oz serves to give a voice to those who were born in Cuba but grew into adults in the United States. The main characters in his stories are caught between two cultures and are neither wholly Cuban nor wholly American; instead, they must define who they are and what it is to be a Cuban-American.