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 “Aurora,” a short story published in his collection Drown, Junot Díaz transforms the mythical character into a contemporary woman. Aurora abandons the. Junot Diaz's Aurora is a short story that illustrates a less than perfect relationship between the narrator and his on again-off again, drug.

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Nothing moved fast, even the daylight was slow to fade, but as soon as night seffled Beto and I headed down to the community center and sprang the fence. Drown, by Junot Diaz (). Argument-Based Questions. These argument- based questions on the ten stories in Drown can be used in a variety of ways in class. Key words: Dominican, race, racial identity, Junot Diaz, Spanglish, Latino . Again in Drown, Yunior, the short story Aurora's narrator and Diaz's alter ego.

In this collection of short stories, Diaz explores the struggle of Dominican Republic immigrants in the United States to achieve the American Dream.

Each story is related, but is a separate vignette, each with its own title. The novel does not follow a traditional story arc but rather each story captures a moment in time. The story begins when Yunior and Rafa, his brother, are eight and twelve, and are sent to live with their uncle for the summer so their mother can work.

Their father abandoned them when Yunior was 4 and their family lives in poverty, sometimes having to forgo food for clothes and other necessities. Their mother works long hours, sometimes fourteen-hour shifts, at a local chocolate factory while their grandfather watches them. They live in an apartment and establish a new community in New Jersey. Losing face with Cut and the rest of his drug-dealing associates would moreover be dangerous.

This story, I would argue in contrast, does not deteriorate into violence, but simply carries on with violence and never escapes or transcends it. Lucero even refers to the violent memories with some nostalgia. Violence precedes the narrative, continues throughout the narrative and remains an unending fact of life.

What develops in spite of violence, and quite unexpectedly, is love.

He is not cognizant of the mask he wears, nor does he show any fear of the unmasking of his streetwise ways. As Marjorie Garber explains, the object of desire remains potent only if veiled and therefore inaccessible Garber Yet his character is fleshed out and, except for the violence, Lucero explains his specific motives.

The ending ambiguously leads one to imagine a continuation of the drug dealing and abuse and possibly contraction of AIDS , though there may be a minute possibility of this couple changing their habits and pursuing their relationship in way transcending their abusive hyper-masculine behavior. No syncretism is permitted at the end for Lucero.

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Yunior as such embodies a wretched product of post-colonialism. A weakling grandfather cannot make up for the absence of a strong father-figure. While the lost baby and scars are direct physical suffering of that invasion, the psychological damage became evident only after the apparent loss of her husband. Instead, his father married a U.

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He briefly visits the Dominican Republic with his new wife but does not come inside the house and visit his first family. In spite of years without a husband, Vertudes de la Casas loyally waits. I remember the heaviness of that month, thicker than almost anything. The usual qualities of a Latina matriarch end. 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.

In many other stories in the Drown story collection, there are qualifications and even cancellations of the Dominican experience, showing the unreliability of the narrative requiring readers to undertake a process of working backward, to move along from accepted truth and assumed knowledge towards contradiction and uncertainty.

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 and the oppressors alike. Bibliography Anderson, Linda. London and New York, Routledge, Arce, Chrissy et. Deleuze, G. Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, trans.

Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, New York: Riverhead, Du Bois, W. The Souls of Black Folk. New York: Penguin Classics, Yunior' s tone suggest his feeling of both hesitation and excitement at the prospect of finally meeting his father Drown Drown is a short story that takes place mainly while Yunior is in high school.

Yunior narrates the story and explains that he is living alone with his mother. At the beginning of the story, the mother tells Yunior that Beto, an old friend just arrived in town. Yunior explains that the two of them used to be close friends but an event occured to cause distance between them. During the weekend, the mother will sometimes ask Yunior to take her to the mall, but before going the pair walk through the house, checking each window to make sure it is locked.

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On the way to the mall, Yunior recognizes many faces and explains that each of these individuals have bought drugs from him. Once at the mall, Yunior thinks back on his shoplifting days and describes how he and Beto used to rob various stores in the mall.

The friends would spend time doing these types of activities during the day and then at night many of the children would sneak over the fence to a pool.

When Yunior returns home, he finds his mother on the phone with his father who lives with another woman in Florida. Yunior disapproves of their talking and tells his mother that she has talked to his father enough.

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Yunior begins narrating about his past once more and drifts to the moment that caused the separation between Yunior and Beto.

Shortly before Beto was to leave for college, Yunior and Beto were watching porn together when Beto began to feel Yunior in a sexual manner. Boyfriend At the beginning of the story, the narrator explains that when he smokes weed he sleep walks. On one of thes weed induced ventures, the narrator finds himself in the hallway and partially wakes to hear the fight happening on the floor below him. A boyfriend and a girlfriend are fighting and at the end the boyfriend exits, leaving the girlfriend crying and alone.

This altercation reminds the narrator of his past lover, Loretta. During the following days, the narrator listens from his apartment as the girlfriend processes the breakup.

The boyfriend comes over several times to retrieve his things and the narrator continues to listen to the couples fighting and conversation and compare it to his own time with Loretta. The narrator asks out the girlfriend and she comes over to his apartment.

They make small take and drink coffee, but do not go out again.

The narrator and the girlfriend pass each other in the building and casually greet each other. One day the narrator sees the girlfriend and the girlfriend has cut her hair short. The narrator tells her that he likes her hair and that the new cut makes her look fierce. The girlfriend tell tha narrator that that was what she intended. Edison, New Jersey The story begins with the narrator introducing his work friend, Wayne, and describing their traditional work days delivering and building pool tables.


On their drives while working the two discuss their love life and it apparent that Wayne is cheating on his wife and that the narrator has recently broken up with a once serious girlfriend.

On one delivery the two characters encounter a woman who is at her boss's house where one of the tables is to be delivered the narrator notices her beauty and gives her a ride back to her house in Washington Heights. At the end of the tale, the narrator is looking at a map and trying the guess where they will be delivering to tomorrow.

The speaker explains that he is very frequently correct, but today he feels no magic. He choses Edison, New Jersey.

How to date a browngirl… This short story is told in an instructional, second person voice. The narrator is instructing how to date and uses an authoritative voice to create a facade of confidence.When I thought of Papi I thought of one shot specifically.

Keep your eye on Diaz; his first novel is on the way. The second character is Aurora, the narrators on again-off again girlfriend. From here, we sure that the narrator is lost and following the south direction where it might be wrong direction to his life. It is evident the the relatives of Yunior' s mother disapprove of Yunior's father and the manner in which the father abandoned his family.

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