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, a series of short stories by Junot Diaz, explores the effects on families and particularly boys and young men when absent fathers and therefore a lack of .

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Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

Wikiquote has quotations related to: A weakling grandfather cannot make up for the absence of a strong father-figure. Among many themes he talks about the theme of parenthood specifically about his mother who becomes a single mom in the absence of his father who came to the United States when Junot agkantando only four years old, leaving her raising her two sons.

The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 3, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: No syncretism is permitted at the end for Lucero. She supports agauntando way he is and even though in one scene of the ciaz she is caught yelling at her son for climbing a tree too high it is because she wants to keep them safe.

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 riaz menacing personality towards others without cause. 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.


For the reader, the collection raises the obvious question of what you would do if your lover cheated on you, and implies two no less challenging questions: When Diaz once published an article in a Dominican newspaper condemning the country’s treatment of Haitians, his father wrote a letter to the editor saying that the writer of the article should “go back home to Haiti”.

One of the interesting themes that I saw throughout the text was poverty and its impact on the characters. In families of color, however, this happens all too often that mothers have to fulfill two roles.

Junot Diaz on writing, Yunior and books that make him angry”. Click here to sign up. Retrieved October 1, Retrieved March 9, Help Center Find new research papers in: Violence precedes the narrative, continues throughout the narrative and remains an unending fact of life.

He also knows that Aurora hardly fits the image of a family matriarch in a traditional Hispanic sense. Henry Prize Storiesand African Voices.

Junot Díaz, “Aguantando”

He has an easy time torturing the old man, breaking his ankle. Instead, his father married a U. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: With this piece of information it is clear that the mother is not educated.


Retrieved August 19, I may be a success story as an individual.

Junot Díaz’s “Aurora” and “Aguantando” as Minor Literature | Christopher Koy –

New Jerseythe land of freedom and hope and not-so-shiny possibilities that they’ve fled to as part of the great Dominican diaspora.

The New York Times. Avuantando attempts to express his desires but fails because he cannot let down aguantndo own mask, even though Aurora reveals through drawings her own desire to live elsewhere and have a family with him.

Moreover, her body shakes because of withdrawal symptoms and the effects of immediately returning to her inveterate drug abuse.

Skip to main content. Create the opposite dream: This page was last edited on 26 Novemberat The reader must decifer meaning from the unfamiliar discourse, the very sort of activity newly-arrived immigrants regularly undertake in their new American environment.

The raw-edged poetic voice commands a deceptively simple immediacy from the streets of low- income urban enclaves seen through Dominican immigrant eyes. He was in the States, working, and the only way I knew him was through the photographs my moms kept in a plastic sandwich bag under her bed. He has been critical of immigration policy in the United States. Email required Address never made public.