The Broken Child From A Broken American Dream

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A Broken Child from a Broken American Dream Lack of father-son relationship and poverty often has a great impact on the child’s development. “Drown” is written about a Dominican Republic family struggling to find the American Dream but destroys the family in the process. Yunior the main character of the short story collection has a struggle growing up with the on and off relationship with his father and the lifestyle of poverty. This essay demonstrates that Junot Diaz’s short story collection “Drown” highlights how an unhealthy father-son relationship and poverty can have a detrimental effect on a young boy 's development and transition into manhood. It speaks to how Yunior’s life changes drastically because of his fathers on and off…show more content…
“I lived without a father for the first nine years of my life. He was in the States, working, and the only way I knew him was through the photographs my mom kept in a plastic sandwich bag under her bed.” (Junot 69) Yunior’s mom didn’t know where the father was and why he had not got in touch with them and whether he will be back at all or not. Sometimes letters come from the husband saying that he would come to take them away, but it never happens (Junot 82-83). “I remember the heaviness of that month, thicker than almost anything. When Abuelo tried to reach our father at the phone numbers he’d left none of the men who’d lived with him knew anything about where he had gone. It didn’t help matters that me and Rafa kept asking her when we were leaving for the States, when Papi was coming” (Junot 83) Yunior and Rafa were too young to know and understand the implications of their father not being with them, but it did cause different emotional scars in them. It altered their life: sense of belonging where Yunior looks outside the family for alliances and involves in illegal acts; poor judgement of character when Yunior frequently left to model character traits from the world around Poverty and drugs; crisis of identity where Yunior has a harder time knowing who he was and where he came from; he had distorted views of sex and even trouble with love. Yunior often remembers his dad left to go to New York for better living conditions.
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