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Immigration To The Us

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For over four hundred years immigrants have been to coming America to seek the freedom that we enjoy everyday. Many of these foreigners faced similar hardships throughout their journeys. The Dinh family from "An American Story" written by Anthony Lewis, experienced many problems comparable to the Puritans on the Mayflower in William Bradford's "Of Plymouth Plantation". Mary Rowlandson as revealed in "Narrative of a Captivity", as well as Olaudah Equiano's "Life as Olaudah Equiano". Both the Dinh's who were twenty-th century immigrants, and the Puritans who came to America in the seventeenth century encountered physical dilemma during their travels. Next, the Vietnamese family like Olaudah Equiano had to overcome emotional struggles. Furthermore, cultural barriers were confronted by the "boat people" as well as Puritan Mary Rowlandson.

The Dinh family and the Puritans alike came across many of the same physical hardships. "In the sundry of these storms the winds were so fierce and the seas so high, as they could not bear a knot of sail, but were forced to hull for divers days together."(Bradford 30). In this quote Bradford speaks of the troubles they were faced with, such as beams of the sails breaking, and being forced to float around all day. The Dinh family similarly faced troubles with their boat. Throughout "An American Story" Anthony Lewis speaks of the physical asperities the Vietnamese family faced. In the second paragraph Anthony Lewis says " They had left Vietnam on a small fishing boat, which lost its engine in a storm." The family must have been scared of the unknown, and not knowing wether they would survive the night. Also the Dinh family and the Puritans faced physical troubles alike in their journeys to their new lives.

To lose someone very close to you, or to deal with the death of a loved one is difficult to deal with. In the "Life of Olaudah Equiano" Olaudah says that the small relief which his sisters presence gives him makes his pain go away, and the horrible realization of his situation with his sister there made the pain go away, but his anxiety doubled after her fate, and the less she suffered the greater he would. Here he speaks of how his sufferings were alleviated for a while, but then they were doubled by her presence. Next, in An American story the family faced the same loses, "The family here knew that she had left Vietnam



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