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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This site uses cookies. He was celebrated in Great Britain as well: The life aguantandl Dominican Republic varies from upper high class to well below the poverty line, but how does this impact the lives of everyday people trying to study and work hard? Still, he somehow remains sensitive to the experience and personality of Aurora who also dons a mask of her own. Thus, the author idaz explores the theme of loneliness as a source of long-term suffering.

In families of color, however, this happens all too often that mothers have to fulfill two roles. As junott scholar points out, The narrative often emphasizes the masks these characters must assume and maintain, to the point that maintaining the mask assumes the centrality of life and aguanhando — a protection against life and living Paravisini-Gebert When he gets lonely, he craves her and impetuously seeks her out at the Hacienda where all the other junkies hang out.

When their paycheck comes in a week or two later, this predatory financial service makes a quick killing from the ignorant working poor. Their main motive to move to the States is for the betterment of their lives and future.


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. The title of this short story itself shows how much the Spanish language means to Diaz.

Junot Díaz, “Aguantando”

University of Minnesota Press, He is not cognizant of the mask aghantando wears, nor does he show any fear of the unmasking of his streetwise ways. Taken days before the U. Junot Diaz tells a story that is too common in Latin American countries and all over the world. Violence precedes the narrative, continues throughout the narrative and remains an unending fact of life.

You are commenting using your WordPress. He has an easy time torturing the old man, breaking his ankle. As Marjorie Garber explains, the object of desire remains potent only if veiled and therefore inaccessible Garber As a response, her teenage son Yb violently refuses to leave his home and his mother in these difficult financial times: The setting connects to the theme of survival.

These Dominican characters do not enjoy the advantages Cubans have of refugee status nor can they obtain American citizenship as effortlessly as Puerto Ricans. Diaz places this story during the US invasion ofwhich illustrates the hardships the Spanish family from Dominican Republic is actually going through. If I had half a brain I would have done what Cut told me to do. She would make comments about how Bh 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.


Junot Díaz, “Aguantando” | English (MW5)

Even though they have moved far away from their culture and left it behind, the culture has not left them since they still are a part of it staying together and speaking their language to each other. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Bby, his father married a U.

What develops in spite of violence, and quite unexpectedly, is love. You spend a lot of time being colonized. In the absurdity of his situation, the petulant Lucero projects the brutality he knows from the Dominican authorities while waiting for Aurora outside a building.

The space in the novel is used to organize the short story within the novel. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Angie M Hernandez Prof. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I also like how you talked about the use of Spanish to show the culture and heritage because I think those are big themes in this chapter especially. Email required Address never made public.

The reader must decifer meaning from the unfamiliar discourse, the very sort of activity newly-arrived immigrants regularly undertake in their new American environment.