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 Souls of Black Folk. When they make love, he worries about her appearance. 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.

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.

When their paycheck comes in a week or two later, this predatory financial service makes a quick killing from the ignorant working poor. 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?

He briefly visits the Dominican Republic with his new wife but does not come inside the house and visit his first family. As one 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 experience — a protection against life and living Paravisini-Gebert Her smoking in the bathroom and me dealing to the groom.

The mother feels a sense of duty to take care of her family coming from a poor background from the Dominican all the way to the States, living in poor conditions in a shack. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here He is laughed at when he tries to reveal to his drug-dealing partner Cut his deep feelings for Aurora: When in actuality it is the opposite.


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Working at aguanttando chocolate factory seems like a better option for her since it a job in the States rather than any low labor job if she could even find one back home in the Dominican Republic. Taken days before the U. Dump her sorry ass. You should have seen it.

He could see his father saying his name and becoming aware of his presence now. 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.

With this piece of information it is clear that the mother is not educated. But that last letter showed that Yunior still had some hope left in him. Many may believe that she is rough with her sons and shows very little love. She disappears for weeks without a trace, leaving the children with their blind maternal grandfather: Help Center Find new research papers in: You spend a lot of time being colonized.

Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your WordPress. Aurora served six months in juvenile detention.

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. I made up this whole new life in there.

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.


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His drug-dealing partner Cut warns him about Aurora: It definitely shows how the family views the idea of those things and how important they think it is. When I thought of Papi I thought of one shot specifically. I think it is unfortunate that the mother has to martyr herself on behalf of her husband and children. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Thus, they pick up the pieces for their unreliable male counterparts.

A very valid conclusion may be that she dropped out of school to raise her family. When he gets lonely, he craves her and impetuously seeks her out at the Hacienda where all the other junkies hang out.

Junot Díaz, “Aguantando”

The raw-edged poetic voice commands a deceptively simple immediacy from the streets of low- income urban enclaves seen through Dominican immigrant eyes. In the juhot 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. Attend Film Screening Thurs. 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.

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. In spite of years without a husband, Vertudes de la Casas loyally waits. Toward a Minor Literature