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 . Drown by Junot Díaz – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” summary and analysis. Stream “Drown” / “Aguantando” by Junot Díaz by New York Public Library from desktop or your mobile device.

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Yunior as such embodies a wretched product of post-colonialism. Email required Address never made public. By aguanrando to use this website, you agree to their use.

Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

When in actuality it is the opposite. The Dominican culture is evident in the writing of the characters although most immigrants avoid giving themselves away as people of foreign birth. To treat their girlfriends, tough neighborhood teens deal in drugs, and the narrator reveals the multiplicity of dangers.

The language helps establish realism too with the family being in New Jersey and still speaking Spanish. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Create a free website or blog at WordPress. The Souls of Black Folk. Toward a Minor Literature Ostrava Journal of English Philology 4: His drug-dealing partner Cut warns him about Aurora: In the meantime, these Dominican children lived in a rat-infested home with virtually no income: As a response, her teenage son Yunior violently refuses to leave his home and his mother in these difficult financial times: When I told him we were in love he laughed.

Click here to sign up. It includes cultural references in the New Jersey neighborhood vernacular of crack dealers and Spanish idioms. Junot Diaz tells a story that is too common in Latin American countries and all over the world.


This site uses cookies. 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.

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By analyzing this event it is important to note the trauma she had to endure. This construction is then internalized by the reader, replicating the confusing discourse experienced by immigrants.

This story, I would argue in contrast, does not deteriorate into violence, but simply carries on with violence and never escapes or transcends it. After returning, Vertudes — recovered from her breakdown as well as her illusions — rejects her sons and grows physically violent with Yunior for the first time. Yet his character is fleshed out and, except for the violence, Lucero explains his specific motives. Remember me on this computer.

In families of color, however, this happens all too often that mothers have to fulfill two roles. On the other hand, Papi might be avoiding the children because he is embarrassed that he can not live up to his financial role.

Can someone who comes from a different social class achieve the same goals as someone with more opportunities and influences? The usual qualities of a Latina matriarch end. Diaz places this story during the US invasion ofwhich illustrates the hardships the Spanish family from Dominican Republic is actually going through.

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.

Lucero even refers to the violent memories with some nostalgia.

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Are times so hard that that they only thing an immigrant family man can do is to work and pay his soaring rent? His narrative style along with his commingling of two languages, chiastic structure as well as the phantasmagoria of form and sensation, all reflect the post-colonial immigrant perspectives in which assimilation and Latino machismo depict fatherless males embodying aspects of the oppressed kunot the oppressors alike.


Many may believe that she is rough with her sons and shows very little love. 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. Survey of American Lit: You are commenting using your WordPress. 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.

Everybody, especially mothers, aguantanco a diaa every now and again. For example, in the third point, Papi came then in the fourth point he talked about how Aguanfando never came.

The raw-edged poetic voice commands a deceptively simple immediacy from the streets of aguantajdo income urban enclaves seen through Dominican immigrant eyes.

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.