Junior or Yunior [Spanish pronunciation] is the protagonist of the story “Fiesta 1980” by Junot Diaz. As the narrator of the story, Yunior uses Spanish words and phrases to remind the reader of his authentic voice and his cultural heritage.
The story begins with Yunior's father coming home late and pushing past his wife to take a shower. To her children, their mother looks particularly beautiful to her sons. She smells “like the wind through a tree.”
The father in Yunior’s family is domineering. He yells rather than talks to his children. The children experience emotional abuse as the father uses his words and attitudes to control his children. The father’s behavior makes everyone nervous.
When the father gets out the shower, he rants because Yunior has eaten before the trip. Lately, Yunior has been vomiting when he gets in his father’s van. He had never had a problem with any other car before this one.
The first time he threw up in the van was when his father took...
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