a German shepherd’ as the writer is totally aware to explain such idea therein. The full story is about the immigrants and how they are missing their home country Cuba, especially Maximo as this is clear through the choice of words by Ana Menendez. In the short story, we find that the familiarization therein attempts to orientate self in the world. Also, writing attempts to restore the old world from nostalgic memory: the writer’s attempt to understand a new place through familiarization happens through the use of metaphor and analogy, “ ‘the master tropes’of migration”(Essay Summary for In Cuba I was a German Shepherd, 8 Feb 2014).So that the theme of the cultural encounter is illustrated perfectly in the short story by Ana Menendez.
Of course,…show more content… The place is used to illustrate the cultural encounter in the story by Ana Menedez when she examines how the exile attempts to re-chart the new place of the characters in order to orient themselves in order to understand a new place expressively. The characters, especially the Protagonist Maximo, the park as a metaphor to their home country. They used to gather and play dominos in this place to show to what extent they are missing and longing to their country. Maximo is left without a place because he has no way to orient himself. Maximo is caught between place and time because he has no place from which to speak since he cannot resolve his current place and his…show more content… The protagonist feels the nostalgia in which he remembers his days in his home country. In ‘In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd ‘the writer gives its readers a memorable indication of what it is like for Cuban exiles to begin their new lives in Miami. Whether by basing love, family, aspirations, or memories, ‘In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd’s full of gentle humor and incisive observation, nostalgic remembrance and corrosive longing. Menéndez is masterful in gracefully demonstrating how our heritage and our origins continue to shape our lives, even when we are far away from home. This confirms that the setting is so important for the development of the theme of the cultural encounter in the short story by Ana Menendez. Moreover, choice of the time is so crucial by Ana Menendez in this short story in a way that the cultural encounter could be more fitting at the time of Cuban-American relations that capture the lives and cross-cultural patterns of people in post-revolutionary Castro’s Cuba and the exiles in Little Havana (Reading Groups Guides,