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Fiesta, 1980

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...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 3:51 am UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

Two of the most prominent devices Diaz uses in “Fiesta, 1980” are diction and similes. Diaz also uses a specific symbol—the Volkswagen van—to represent Papi and Yunior’s relationship. Through the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019 4:39 pm UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

The reason why Yunior's dad takes his own children to eat at his mistress's house may have everything to do with the idea of hinting at his children that men can do such things because...they are...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 6:58 am UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

The relationship between Yunior and his father is difficult, to say the least. There is an unresolved tension at the heart of it which has almost Oedipal overtones. Yunior cordially loathes his...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2019 4:56 am UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

Three examples of descriptive language used by Junot Diaz in Fiesta, 1980 include the following: Mami looked really nice that day. The United States had finally put some meat on her; she was no...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2015 11:10 pm UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

Yunior, a twelve year old 2nd generation Dominican boy from Jersey, happens to be an extremely carsick person. He is the main character of Junot Diaz's "Fiesta 1980", and the middle brother of...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2011 4:08 am UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

In Junot Diaz's short story, "Fiesta, 1980," Rafa is the older of two brothers. Rafa is an alpha-male who is masculine, confident, and seems to have the same type of personality as their father,...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 12:58 pm UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

"Fiesta, 1980" is one of ten stories included in a collection of short stories entitled Drown, written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz and published in 1996. "Fiesta, 1980" was also included in...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2020 7:57 pm UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

The story “Fiesta, 1980” features Yunior as both protagonist and first-person narrator. Author Junot Díaz situates the boy within his family through dialogue among the characters as well as his...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2021 6:21 am UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

The male protagonists in “A & P” by John Updike and “Fiesta 1980” by Junot Diaz face problems with authority in their stories. Both of the young men struggle to decide what is the right...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013 5:32 pm UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

In "Fiesta, 1980," Diaz presents a harsh but loving view of Latino culture. He includes his father's infidelity and cruelty and the way his mother feels crushed by her marriage. However, the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2017 1:08 pm UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

Yunior is referring to the time when his father first took him to the house of his Puerto Rican mistress. This wasn't long after Papi bought the van. Papa regularly takes Yunior out in the van as...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 9:51 am UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

Yunior's nausea is supposedly caused by something associated with the van. The prevailing theory is that it is the upholstery. However, his nausea might be psychological. And this might have...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015 7:39 pm UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

Slang - Yunior uses words like "dope" (as in "awesome"). This clues us in that he's probably a teenager, since adults and young children tend not to casually use slang, and it also depicts what a...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2014 4:22 am UTC

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Fiesta, 1980

Both male protagonists in “A & P” by John Updike and “Fiesta 1980” by Junot Diaz have difficulties. Sammy, a grocery clerk, and Yunior, a young immigrant, feel strong emotions toward their...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2013 4:27 pm UTC

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