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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The way Junot describes the living conditions to some might seem unimaginably but to many kids all over the world this is everyday life. Dump her sorry ass. 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 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.

It definitely shows how the family views the idea of those things and how important they think it is. Sample Blog Response Blog response guidelines: Survey of American Lit: But that last letter showed that Yunior still had some hope left in him. He valorizes her natural artistic abilities in paintings she makes on the walls inside abandoned buildings where they have had sex. The reader must decifer meaning from the unfamiliar discourse, the very sort of activity newly-arrived immigrants regularly undertake in their new American environment.

Violence precedes the narrative, continues throughout the narrative and remains an unending fact of life.

Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

On the other hand, Papi might be avoiding the children because he is embarrassed that he can not live up to his financial role. This code switching is no less a matter of drug terminology and street slang English dixz it is standard and slang Spanish. This construction is then internalized by the reader, replicating the confusing discourse experienced by immigrants.


When I told him we were in love he laughed. The two of us had kids, a big blue house, hobbies, the whole fucking thing No agunatando is permitted at the end for Lucero.

By analyzing this event it is important to note the trauma she had to endure. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Junot Díaz, “Aguantando”

Yet his character is fleshed out and, except for the violence, Lucero explains his specific motives. Toward a Minor Literature, trans. He also knows that Aurora hardly fits the image of a family matriarch in a traditional Hispanic sense. If I had half a brain I would have done what Cut told me to do.

Losing face with Cut and the rest of his drug-dealing associates would moreover be dangerous. The life in 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?

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. Log In Sign Up. Thus, the author also explores the theme of loneliness as a source of long-term suffering. Attend Film Screening Thurs. His drug-dealing partner Cut warns him about Aurora: An important thing to note is her level of education.

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.

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Junot Díaz, “Aguantando” | English (MW5)

She supports the way he is and even aguantanxo in one scene of the novel she is caught yelling at her son for climbing a tree too high it is because she wants to keep them safe. Yunior as such embodies a wretched product of post-colonialism. Skip to main content.


Notify me of new comments via email. 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.

Aguatnando story, I would argue in contrast, does not deteriorate into violence, but simply carries on with violence and never escapes or transcends it.

Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

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: Their main motive to move to the States is aguantanndo the betterment of their lives and future.

He could see his father saying his name and becoming aware of his presence now. Uunot uses numbers to aguantajdo the chronological order in the story. With this piece of information it is clear that the mother is not educated. There seems to be some sort of mutual understanding that she may very well still believe that her husband will come home one day. 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.

Are times so hard that that they only thing an immigrant family man can do is to work and junog his soaring rent?

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. She has sex with him whenever she was angry because of a bad basketball game. He has an easy time torturing the old man, breaking his ankle.