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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Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

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 with his drug-addicted girlfriend, the titular Aurora. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The everyday things that somethings are taken for granted are essential to Yunior and his older brother Rafa.

The broken language and cultural assimilation definitely helps establish the setting of the chapter in the United States rather then the fluent spanish speaking country of the Dominican Republic. What develops in spite of violence, and quite unexpectedly, is love. When he gets lonely, he craves her and impetuously seeks her out at the Hacienda where all the other junkies hang out.

And when things got hard, Yunior and Rafa were to send to live jnuot their relatives, most of the time, separately.

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All of this helps establish the setting of the Dominican family being in New Jersey, away from their country. By analyzing this event it is important to note the trauma she had to endure. The raw-edged poetic voice commands a deceptively simple immediacy from the streets of low- income urban enclaves seen through Dominican immigrant eyes. 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: After returning, Vertudes — diqz from her breakdown as well as her illusions — rejects her sons and grows physically violent with Yunior for the first time.


I remember the heaviness of that month, thicker than almost anything.

When I told him we were in love he laughed. You are commenting using your Facebook account. If I had half a brain I would have done what Cut told me to do. 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.

When in actuality it is the opposite.

daiz To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Still, he somehow remains sensitive to the experience and personality of Aurora who also dons a mask of her own. When they make love, he worries about her appearance. 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.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. The Souls of Black Folk. Finally he talks about his school years and how difficult was for him and his brother to bring themselves together and be able to go to school: The diwz 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.

He has an easy time torturing the old man, breaking his ankle. Are times so hard that that they only thing an immigrant family man can do is to work and pay his soaring rent? By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

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 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. 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.

He briefly visits the Dominican Republic with his new wife but does not come inside the house and visit his first family. Taken days before the U. 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.

For example, in the third point, Papi came then in the fourth point he talked about how Papi never came. 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. Abuelo also goes through a similar issue where he is not able to find a job and feels useless to his family.

He also knows that Aurora hardly fits the image of a family matriarch in a traditional Hispanic sense. The title of this short story itself shows how much the Spanish language means to Diaz.

During her incarceration the couple infrequently corresponded.