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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Junot Díaz, “Aguantando”

In the absurdity of his situation, the petulant Lucero projects the brutality he knows from the Dominican authorities while waiting for Aurora outside a building. An important thing to note is her level of education.

In many other stories in the Drown story collection, there are qualifications and even cancellations of the Dominican experience, showing the unreliability of the narrative requiring readers to undertake a process of working backward, to move along from accepted truth and assumed knowledge towards contradiction and uncertainty. For example, in the third point, Papi came then in the fourth point he talked about how Papi never came.

The life in Dominican Republic varies from upper high class to well below the poverty line, but how does this impact the lives of everyday people trying to study and work hard? Skip to main content. 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.

She would make comments about how Yunior would not be enjoying the food and other amenities that her house has to offer where he lives once again almost implying that he should be grateful for letting him stay there.

To treat their girlfriends, tough neighborhood teens deal in drugs, and the narrator reveals the multiplicity of dangers. In the meantime, these Dominican children lived in a rat-infested home with virtually no income: With this piece of information it is clear that the mother is not educated. 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.


She has sex with him whenever she was angry because of a bad basketball game.

During her incarceration the couple infrequently corresponded. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I remember the heaviness of that month, thicker than almost anything. They attempt to assimilate jubot. This site uses cookies. There seems to be some sort of mutual understanding that she may very well still believe that her husband will come home one day.

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Many may believe that she is rough with her sons and shows very little love. When their paycheck comes in a week or two later, this predatory financial service makes a quick killing from the ignorant working poor.

Notify me of new comments via email. I agree with your analysis that it must be difficult to adjust to life in the United States after the immigration from the Dominican Republic when you live in a shabby and run down area. Email required Address never made public. In part three of the short story, Diaz shows that the kids are in the know about their unreliable father, who continues to make promises he can not keep.

The space in the novel is used to organize the short story within the novel. In families of color, however, this happens all too often that mothers have to fulfill two roles. Her instinct to keep them safe and happy all while battling her own struggles is how the mother of this book is a sacrificial mother, ready to give her all for her children. Create the opposite dream: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Compelled to wear a mask of machismo toughness on the streets and promiscuity with womenLucero succeeds as a dealer and receives the respect of his community.

Thus, the author also explores the theme of loneliness as a source of long-term suffering. Aurora served six months in juvenile detention.


How many styles, genres or literary movements, even very small ones, have only one single dream: The title of this short story itself shows how much the Spanish language means to Diaz.

Those type of comments can make someone insignificant because they cannot afford the luxuries she is taking about, which are really just the basic needs that everyone should be entitled to. I also like how you talked about the use of Spanish to show the culture and heritage because I think those are big themes in this chapter especially. He valorizes her natural artistic abilities in paintings she makes on the walls inside abandoned buildings where they have had sex.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Yunior as such embodies a wretched product of post-colonialism. In spite of years without a husband, Vertudes de la Casas loyally waits. I think it is unfortunate that the mother has to martyr herself on behalf of her husband and children. He is laughed at when he tries to reveal to junoh drug-dealing partner Cut his deep feelings for Aurora: London and New York, Routledge, He is not cognizant of the mask he wears, nor does he show any fear of the unmasking of aguantanfo streetwise ways.

When I thought of Papi I thought of one abuantando specifically. You should have seen it. Lucero himself has seen so much abysmal violence, poverty and overdosed junkies among young kids as well as adults that nothing fazes him any more, and he may become a menacing personality towards others without cause.

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. Lucero alone reveals himself as a man of occasional sensitivity as it regards his junkie girlfriend.