What are some literary terms and themes used in Junot Diaz's "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 uses of these devices, he weaves several themes.
Diction refers to the word choices the author makes when telling a story. From the very start of the story, Diaz speaks in a colloquial voice, meaning in this case that the story is told using words and phrases that might be spoken in a household where English is not the first language. Although the story is told in English, familiar Spanish words are interspersed to give the reader a sense of the environment and mood of the story. Spanglish, swearing, and slang are also used to show what the characters are like. Here are a few examples:
Actually, my pops decided, but everybody—meaning Mami, tía Yrma, tío Miguel and their neighbors—thought it a dope idea . . .
He didn't say nothing to nobody, not even my moms . . .
. . . she was no...
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