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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As a response, her teenage son Yunior violently refuses to leave his home and his mother in these difficult financial times: She supports the way he is and even though in one scene agyantando the novel she is caught yelling at her son for climbing a tree too high it is because she wants to keep them safe.

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One may argue that maybe she was just playing with them, giving them any number so they could leave her alone. 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. The ending ambiguously leads one to imagine a continuation of the drug dealing and abuse and possibly contraction of AIDSthough there may be a minute possibility of this couple changing their habits and pursuing their relationship in way transcending their abusive hyper-masculine behavior.

An important thing to note is her level of education. However, this is false, for the simple fact that if she were just playing with the boys she would have given them a smaller number.

He has an easy time torturing the old man, breaking his ankle.

Her smoking in the bathroom and me dealing to the groom. 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. The machismo culture on display is rough with violence, sex and salacious scenes accompanying depictions of the consumption of narcotics that fulfills the addictive physical needs of the multitude of Dominican- born characters. It was only because of that plastic bag that any pictures of my father survived.


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Papi might find that there is no use for him in the Dominican Republic because of the hardships of poverty.

These Dominican characters do not enjoy the advantages Cubans have of refugee status nor can they obtain American citizenship as effortlessly as Puerto Ricans.

Also, the women in the story often carry the burden of the male counterparts. If I had half a brain I would have done what Cut told me to do.

Junot Díaz, “Aguantando”

He cannot adequately explain his feelings for her because showing loving feelings is an anomaly in his machismo subculture: He briefly visits the Dominican Republic with his new wife but does not come inside the house and visit his first family.

Email required Address never made public. All of this helps establish the setting of the Dominican family being in New Jersey, away from their country. Dump her sorry ass. 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. Ultimately, masculinity plays a role in the demise of not only the male characters but the women who have to fill their absence.

But that last letter showed that Yunior still had some hope left in him. The purpose of coming to America is to create a better opportunity for yourself bg help those aguantandl home, right?

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Toward a Minor Literature 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. Though the culture from which this voice springs is culturally wealthy and colorful, it is otherwise sad and tragic. One very sad part of the novel was when he called and said that he would come home, back with his family.


The everyday things that somethings are taken for granted are essential to Yunior and his older brother Rafa. Many sentences commingle the two languages: I also like how you talked about the use of Spanish to show the culture and juhot because I think those are big themes in this chapter especially.

Angie M Hernandez Prof. Lucero even refers to the violent memories with some nostalgia. The setting connects to the theme of survival.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Jynot Journal of English Philology 4: 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.

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For example, in the third point, Papi came then in the fourth point he talked about how Papi never came. 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.

I remember the heaviness of jinot month, thicker than almost anything. When you consider this it makes 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. The mom tend to improvise to make sure her kids had at least one pencil and notebook to use for school.

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