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    Drown, By Junot Diaz

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    “I usually make a fortune on Saturdays, selling to those kids going down to Belmar or out to Spruce Run.” (Drown). The narrator, Yunior, in the story Drown by Junot Diaz is a drug dealer and does not want anyone to recognize him so that he may uphold a positive image. Unlike Yunior in “Drown” the narrator in the poem What Work Is by Philip Levine depicts the struggles men and women face when trying to obtain honest work. “We stand in the rain in a long line waiting at Ford Highland Park, for

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    traditionally ascribed to men, such as strength and boldness. Junot Diaz, a man from the Dominican Republic, frequently talks about how Dominican men act very intimidating and raunchy in his writing. Due to this strong stigma in Dominican culture, Diaz explains in his stories that homosexuality was uncommon. The unnamed narrator and his friend would steal, urinate on people’s steps, or the ways that he treated different women. Junot Diaz utilizes the masculinity of Dominican men to demonstrate that

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    “Drown” by Junot Diaz. Riverhead Books, 375 Hudson St, New York, New York. 1996. 1-208. Every immigrant has a personal story, pains and joys, fears and victories, and Junot Díaz portrays much of his own story of immigrant life in “Drown”, a collection of 10 short stories. In each of his stories Diaz uses a first-person narrator who is observing others to speak on issues in the Hispanic community. Each story is related, but is a separate picture, each with its own title. The novel does not follow

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    Junot Díaz, unlike most authors, has an ability to tell his stories without the use of large, descriptive passages. With only a few words he can immerse his readers into the environment of his stories, such as the subject work, Drown. Whether in a comfortable suburb or a decrepit neighborhood, Junot Diaz is skilled in producing active scenes with minimal words in his piece Drown. As Barbara Stewart writes about Junot’s work in Outsider with a Voice, “The New Jersey of which [Junot] writes is the

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    much authority that when it comes down to it, we unintentionally allow it to make the decisions for us. This issue becomes very apparent in the movie Moonlight and the collection of short stories “Drown” by Junot Diaz. In “Drown”, through the voice the narrator of the stories Yunior, the author Junot Diaz greets the readers with a seemingly very distressed group of characters by vividly describing

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    In the book Drown, the first thing that is presented before his collection of stories is a quote that sets the stage for the rest of the book. “The fact that I am writing to you in English already falsifies what I wanted to tell you. My subject: how to explain to you that I don’t belong to English though I belong nowhere else” (Gustavo Pérez Firmat). The author, Junot Diaz, is trying to remind the reader where he is from and that he believes it is important to know the culture before diving into

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    crisis struck the Dominican Republic, sending thousands of Haitian immigrants to “America the Beautiful”. In a stunning collection of short stories titled Drown, author Junot Diaz explores the brutal struggle immigrant’s faced to excel from “rags to riches”. Repeatedly immigrants found that “…two hands and a heart as strong as a rock,” (Diaz, 168) is not always enough. A visa to America was every Haitian’s dream in the 1980’s. The lucky document would free them from poverty and open the doors

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    to hide their flaws and act a certain way. If men express their un-masculine nature, they will be seen as expressing their weakness. In Drown written by Junot Díaz, contains many stories about Dominican Republic male struggles as an immigrant in America. One of the struggles Díaz expresses in his text is appearing masculine in society’s eyes. From the story “Drown”, the unnamed narrator expresses what it means to be masculine. “Boyfriend” is a story about another unnamed narrator observing his neighbor’s

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    Although most of the short stories Junot Diaz has written are fictionalized the experiences and circumstances described in “Drown” are authentic. Latinos in neighborhoods all over the world experience the hardships and struggles that Diaz’s characters face in Drown. These characters, like real people are molded and impacted by the issues surrounding them. The dangers found in the neighborhood streets, the exposure to drugs, and the everyday struggles of Latino families prove the impact and authenticity

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    out of our control. Our development consciously is driven by the world we are brought into, ergo the language and culture we are raised with ultimately determines who we become. We see this very phenomenon enumerated within the short narratives of Drown. Yunior struggles to negotiate the differences between Dominican and American cultures; however, he is “caught somewhere in between.” In the Dominican Republic, Yunior embraces the language of his culture, illustrated through his inclusion of Spanish

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