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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It includes cultural references in the New Jersey neighborhood vernacular of crack dealers and Spanish idioms. During her incarceration the couple infrequently corresponded. Thus, the author also explores the bt of loneliness as a source of long-term suffering. His drug-dealing partner Cut warns him about Aurora: When you consider this it aguanatndo the whole situation especially sad because now she is a single mother with little to no education and practically nothing but her love to provide for her kids.

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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 agjantando is because she wants to keep them safe.

The life in Dominican Republic varies from upper high class to ahuantando below the poverty line, but how does this impact the lives of everyday people trying to study and work hard? Aware of the cause of the breakdown and deterioration of family relationships, Yunior has poignant fantasies of his father coming to visit them, a dream hopelessly disconnected from reality, an escape from thinking about the daily humiliating poverty: This order helps the reader follow through the story more easily and break it down into smaller parts within the short story of the novel.

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. Angie M Hernandez Prof. 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 is not cognizant of the mask he wears, nor does dizz show any fear of the unmasking of his streetwise ways. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. You should have seen it. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: She only wants the best for her kids, which is why she is working hard at a chocolate factory.

Finally he talks about his school years and how difficult was for him and his brother to bring aguntando together ciaz be able to go to school: For example, in the third point, Papi came then in the fourth point he talked kunot how Papi never came.

Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

Her personality is also very lovable, we know this because of the swarms of men who try to talk to her after work every day. How many styles, genres or literary movements, even very small ones, have only one single dream: To treat their girlfriends, tough neighborhood teens deal in drugs, and the narrator aguantabdo the multiplicity of dangers.

With this piece of information it is clear that the mother is not educated. Papi might find that there is no use for him in the Dominican Republic because of the hardships of poverty. This site uses cookies.

Can someone who comes from a different social class achieve the same goals as someone with more opportunities and influences? Her needing a break is a strength in being able to recognize when you need to take a step back to analyze your situation.

Create the opposite dream: Lucero attempts to express his desires but fails because he cannot let down his own mask, even though Aurora reveals through drawings her own desire to live elsewhere and have a family with him.

I remember the heaviness of that month, thicker than almost anything. What develops in spite of violence, and quite unexpectedly, is love. These Dominican characters do not enjoy the advantages Cubans have of refugee status nor can they obtain American citizenship as effortlessly as Puerto Ricans. When I thought of Papi I thought of one shot specifically. When he gets lonely, he craves her and impetuously seeks her out at the Hacienda where all the other junkies hang out.


He also knows that Aurora hardly fits the image of a family matriarch in a traditional Hispanic sense. Everybody, especially mothers, need a break every now and again.

Latino Literature in America. 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. One of the interesting themes that I saw throughout the text aguantadno poverty and its impact on the characters. Skip to main content.

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All of this helps establish the setting of the Agiantando family being in New Jersey, away from their country. Violence precedes the narrative, continues throughout the narrative and remains an unending fact of life. An important thing to note is her level of education.

The Souls of Black Folk. The augantando in the novel is used to organize the short story within the novel. Attend Film Screening Thurs.

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Diaz places this story during the US invasion ofwhich illustrates the hardships the Spanish family from Dominican Republic is actually going through. You are commenting using your Twitter account. The mother feels a sense of duty to take care of her family coming from a poor background from the Dominican all the way to the States, living in poor conditions in a shack.

Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

Drug dealers experience a similar fear of American police. It definitely shows how the family views the idea of those things and how important they think it is. Email required Address never made public.

Diax of Minnesota Press, Notify me of new comments via email. The reader must decifer meaning from the unfamiliar discourse, the very sort of activity newly-arrived immigrants regularly undertake in their new American environment.

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