U.S. Intervention & Dominican Migration, New Jersey’s Afro-Latino Suburbs
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Aguantando” (Holding on)
.Why, Yunior, the narrator, says that for the first nine years of his life, he knew his father only through photographs? Expand.
.In page 70, the narrator says, “We Were Poor.” What details in the story allow the readers to understand the family socioeconomic situation?
.What do we know about the mother and the abuelo?
.What usually happened if the mother run out of money?
.Why do you think the food is relevant in the relationship between Yunior and Tía Miranda?
.What Yunior learns about his father at Tía Miranda’s house?
.What elements allow us to make a picture of Yunior as a kid?
.How every family member reacts to the narrator’s dad letter?
.What happened the first time the father wrote that he was coming back to take the family to the US?
.Describe the family “day off.”
.Why do you think the mother decided for one?
.Both Rafa and Yunior imagine the arrival of their father, how they project his returning?
“Watching Spider-Man in Santo Domingo”
After reading the story “Watching Spider-Man in Santo Domingo,” explain the following sentence from the text:
“The diasporic imagination really is its own superpower.”
Structure of a Research Essay
In the introduction present the text you will be analyzing, your research question and your thesis or argument.
The main purpose of a body paragraph is to give in detail the examples that support your main idea, supporting details or examples of the piece you are examining. Use your sources wisely not as fillers.
The conclusion paragraph restates the main idea and summarizes your analysis. The final element should be a “personal statement” that gives the reader an indication of your worldview and your take on the issues or ideas presented.
.Use transition words. Connect paragraphs.
Be concise if you need to summarize a text. A research paper it is not a plot summary. Only refer to the segments related to your argument.
.Offer some context: describe the scene/the theme/ stanza/ verse, etc.
.Use quotes correctly. Name your sources. Make sure you are following the MLA citation guidelines.
.Check spelling and grammar.
.Read the essay before submitting it.
.Check if it has a good flow. Think of it as a whole.