Characterization of Diaz's Yunior

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Characterization of Yunior
Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated with his family to New Jersey, where a collection of his short stories are based from. Out of that collection is a short story “Fiesta, 1980”, which was featured in The Best American Short Stories, 1997. This story is told from the perspective of an adolescent boy, who lives in the Bronx of northern New Jersey with his family. He is having trouble understanding why things are the way they are in his family. Diaz shows Yunior’s character through his cultures, his interaction with his family, and his bitterness toward his father.
To show what kind of character Yunior is Diaz shows him through the two different cultures he has to live with daily. …show more content…

I still wanted him to love me, something that never seemed strange or contradictory until years later, when he was out of our lives” but that seems like too much to ask. His father does not only treat him like crap at home but in public too. At the party, Papi humiliates Yunior in front of everyone when he tells him “If you eat anything, I am going to beat you. ¿Entiendes? I nodded. And if your brother gives you any food, I will beat him too. Right here in

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