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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As Marjorie Garber explains, the object of desire remains potent only if veiled and therefore inaccessible Garber It definitely shows how the family views the idea of those things and how important they think it is.

Can someone who comes from a different social class achieve the same goals as someone with more opportunities and influences? Even if the father never does come home, which does has a huge impact on these children.

Group B Post- Aguantando | Survey of American Lit: Present

They attempt to assimilate quickly. 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.

When he gets lonely, he craves her and impetuously seeks her out at the Hacienda where all the other junkies hang out. With this piece of information it is clear that the mother is not educated.

She has sex with him whenever she was angry because of a bad basketball game. How many styles, genres or literary movements, even very small ones, have only one single dream: The ending ambiguously leads one to imagine a continuation of aguajtando drug dealing and abuse and possibly contraction of AIDSthough there may be a minute possibility of this couple changing their habits and pursuing their relationship in way transcending their abusive hyper-masculine behavior.


As a response, her teenage son Yunior violently refuses to leave his home and his mother in these difficult financial times: Notify me of new comments via email. Diaz uses numbers to show the chronological order in the story. Thus, they pick up the pieces for their unreliable male counterparts. This order helps the reader follow through the story more easily and break it down into smaller parts within the short story of the novel. She only wants the best for her kids, which is why she is working hard at a chocolate factory.

One very sad part of the novel was when he called and said that he would come home, back with his family.

Drown – Chapter 4 “Aguantando” Summary & Analysis

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. For example, in the third point, Papi came then in the fourth point he talked about aguanrando Papi never came. This site uses cookies.

During her incarceration the couple infrequently corresponded. This story, I would argue in contrast, does not deteriorate into violence, but simply carries on with violence and aguantanvo escapes or transcends it.

She would make comments about how Yunior would not be enjoying the food and other amenities that her house has to offer where jnot lives once again almost implying that he should be grateful for letting him stay there.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A fundamental means of survival among numerous rivals, the mask of toughness pervades many characters in the short story collection. It was only because of that plastic bag that any pictures of my father survived. Remember me on this computer. There seems to be some sort of mutual understanding that she may very well still believe that her husband will come home one day.

The ebullient style of Lucero narrating how he deals drugs for long hours in schools auantando effective and realistic, and usually his customers speak Spanish. When I thought of Papi I thought of one shot specifically.

Everybody, especially mothers, need a break every now and again. 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. These Dominican characters do not enjoy the advantages Cubans have of refugee status nor can they obtain American citizenship as effortlessly as Puerto Ricans.

Though the culture from which this voice springs is culturally wealthy and colorful, it is otherwise sad and tragic.