Research paper on the short short story snow by julia alvarez

The Cuban Missile Crisis takes place while Yolanda is in her fourth grade in the United States. This paper will seek to show that Cuban missile crisis was more traumatic for children in New York than in any other state.
The Cuban Missile Crisis arose due to the October 1962 confrontation between America and the Soviet Union following the latter’s deployment of ballistic missiles in Cuba (George 12). It occurred at a time when diplomatic relationships between Cuba and America had loosened, and there was a state of fear by the USA government and its residents. The event almost escalated the Cold War into a full-scale nuclear war. The event lasted thirteen days and was highly televised across the world. Julia says that US president Kennedy looked worried on television.
Children such as Yolanda and her classmates watched reports on the Cuba missiles and tension grew all over. At school, Sister Zoe explained to the students what was happening. She even drew pictures of what a bomb explosion looked like (Alvarez 136). Students at Yolanda’s school were taught various aid-raid drills. A special bell would ring, and all students would run into the hall and lie down. From a child’s perspective, a lot of discussion and awareness creation on the issue of the Cuba missiles created an impression that the Cuba missiles were very dangerous. Alvarez claims that the students would cover their heads with coats and the bones in their arms would go soft. This description shows the fear and tremor among the American children. Yolanda was highly traumatized following speculations that the Soviet missiles assembled in Cuba were destined for New York City. Her trauma was worsened by the speculation that the U.S. might be forced to declare war on the Soviet Union.
Yolanda’s trauma persisted for months after the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the story, she described the following months of November