Christopher Koy – Junot Díaz’s Stories as Minor Literature Junot Díaz’s “Aurora” and “Aguantando” as Minor Literature Christopher E. Koy University of South. In Junot Díaz’s “Aguantando,” the reader watches the main character, Yunior, suffer through poverty in the Dominican Republic while pining silently for his. Drown by Junot Díaz – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” summary and analysis.

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She supports the way he is and even though in one scene of the novel she is caught yelling at her son for climbing a tree too high it is because she wants to keep them safe. Even if the father never does come home, which does has a huge impact on these children. Junot Diaz tells a story that is too common in Latin American countries and all over the world. With this piece of information it is clear that the mother is not educated.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He also knows that Aurora hardly fits the image of a family matriarch in a traditional Hispanic sense.

The Dominican culture is evident in the writing of the characters although most immigrants avoid giving themselves away as people of foreign birth.

More concerned with the mask of tough machismo, a stereotypically traditional Dominican masculinity necessary for pushing crack, the Dominican male hero eventually gets unmasked when he truly falls in love aguahtando his drug-addicted girlfriend, the titular Aurora.

No syncretism is permitted at the end for Lucero. It includes cultural references in the New Jersey neighborhood vernacular of crack dealers and Spanish idioms. Even though they have moved far away from their culture and left it behind, the culture has not left them since they still are a part of it staying together and speaking their language to each other.

His narrative style along with his commingling of two languages, chiastic structure as well as the phantasmagoria of form and sensation, all reflect the post-colonial immigrant perspectives aguzntando which assimilation and Latino machismo depict fatherless males embodying aspects of the oppressed and the oppressors aguanrando. Help Center Find new research papers in: The Souls of Black Folk.

Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

He could see his father saying his name and becoming aware of his presence now. A weakling grandfather cannot make up for the absence of a strong father-figure. Those type of comments can make someone insignificant because they cannot afford the luxuries she is b about, which are really just the basic needs that everyone should be entitled to.


As a response, her teenage son Yunior violently refuses to leave his home and his mother in these difficult financial times: Menu Skip to content Search. It was only because of that plastic bag that any pictures of my father survived. The title of this short story itself shows how much the Spanish language means to Diaz. Notify me of new comments via email. One of the interesting themes that I saw throughout the text was poverty and its impact on the characters.

To treat their girlfriends, tough neighborhood teens deal in drugs, and the narrator reveals the ujnot of dangers.

This story repeats in many foreign countries where due to dictatorships, political and socio-economic issues many families have had to disintegrate, many communities have had destroyed and many nations have become very corrupted too. Yet to Aurora he dissembles feelings of love and will not allow expression of his own similar desires. One very sad part of the novel was when he called and said that he would come home, back with his family.

Junot Díaz, “Aguantando”

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You are commenting using your Twitter account. While the lost baby and scars are direct physical suffering of that invasion, the psychological damage became evident only after the apparent loss of her husband. Losing face with Cut and the rest of his drug-dealing associates would moreover be dangerous. Still, he somehow remains sensitive to the experience and personality of Aurora who also dons a mask of her own.

The setting connects to the theme of survival.

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The reader must decifer meaning from the unfamiliar discourse, the very sort of activity newly-arrived immigrants regularly undertake in their new American environment. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Papi might find that there is no use for him in the Dominican Republic because of the hardships of poverty.

I also like diiaz you talked about the use of Spanish to show the culture and heritage because I think those are big themes in this chapter especially. There seems to be some sort of mutual understanding that she may very well still believe that her husband will come home one day.


He is laughed at when he tries to reveal to his drug-dealing partner Cut his deep feelings for Aurora: Her needing a break is a strength in being able to recognize when you need to take a step back to analyze your situation. Also, the women in the story often carry the burden of the male counterparts.

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You are commenting using your WordPress. This story, I would argue in contrast, does not deteriorate into violence, but simply carries on with violence and never escapes or transcends it.

Taken days before the U. London aguanyando New York, Routledge, The mothers love for her kids is so strong that even when she is trying to relax and get some time in for herself she still finds a way to laugh with them. Diaz uses numbers to show the chronological order in the story.

You come to the United States and the United States begins immediately, systematically, to erase you in every way, to suppress those things which it considers not digestible. He shows you how the mother felt it was her duty to provide a better life for her family and that could mean working at the chocolate factory to staying with her husband who is having an affair because it means a better life for her and her children.

The language helps establish realism too with the family being in New Jersey and still speaking Spanish. He briefly visits the Dominican Republic with his new wife but does not come inside the house and visit his first family. The stories in Drown share many of the salient features of his flagship work Oscar Wao although relatively little sustained scholarly attention has been given to assessing their literary value or examining their sophisticated features until very recently.

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