AGUANTANDO BY JUNOT DIAZ PDF

Yunior lives with his mother Mami , grandfather Abuelo and brother Rafa. The main struggle they all face is their financial situation. Besides the leaky roof, they rarely have money for food. Yunior speaks of almost always eating boiled yucca, platano and guineo. Only on the best days can Mami afford oil to fry the food.

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Here, he dreams of having a normal life with Aurora, but her addiction presents major obstacles. This story focuses on the idea of love as something difficult to define. He retraces the final summer they spent together and the sexual experiences they had that the narrator is confused by. Ramon struggles both financially and with the guilt of having left his family behind after he marries an American to obtain citizenship.

First, Ramon comes to the United States searching for a better life for his family. He is often frustrated by how hard he works with little return and little wealth to show for it. Then, when his family joins him, they too try to find some balance between the American Dream and their reality. Community[ edit ] In both Santo Domingo and in New York, Diaz portrays tight-knit communities that are bound together by heritage and social class.

Family[ edit ] Drown is about a family that is forced to separate in order to immigrate to the U. Sexuality[ edit ] Both Rafa and his father are with several women throughout the book and explore their sexuality outside of committed relationships. Yunior, however, struggles more with his sexuality and while he has a girlfriend at several points in the book, he also has a sexual experience with a man.

Madai- The younger sister of Yunior and Rafa. She is seen as very beautiful and works in a chocolate factory to provide for her children while Ramon is living in the U. Ramon leaves his family in Santo Domingo to travel to the U.

Though, once he arrives in U. Ramon is seen often cheating on his wife and abusing his children. Despite his professed discomfort, Mr. Diaz transfigures disorder and disorientation with a rigorous sense of form. He whips story after story into shape by setting up parallel scenes.

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Aguantando, Junot Diaz Essay

Here, he dreams of having a normal life with Aurora, but her addiction presents major obstacles. This story focuses on the idea of love as something difficult to define. He retraces the final summer they spent together and the sexual experiences they had that the narrator is confused by. Ramon struggles both financially and with the guilt of having left his family behind after he marries an American to obtain citizenship. First, Ramon comes to the United States searching for a better life for his family.

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