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How To Date A Whitegirl Blackgirl Whiteie Analysis

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“How to Date a Browngirl, Blackgirl, Whitegirl or Halfie” is a short story written by Junot Diaz. This short story is written in second person point of view. A Wikipedia article states Diaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey when he was six with his family. It also states he graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and later created Yunior as his narrator for his books (“Junot Diaz” par. 2). Therefore, the narrator is Yunior, a Dominican teenager living in New Jersey. The narrator gave the reader a guidebook to impress girls of different social statuses and ethnicities. This short story presents how a teenage boy fools himself into thinking he knows how to persuade girls when in reality he has self-esteem issues. Initially, Yunior tries to clean up his house to hide his ethnicity. He hints that his family is on welfare when he says, “Clear the government cheese from the refrigerator” (Diaz 119). He later explains that if the girl is from Park or Society Hill to hide the cheese above the oven. If she’s from the Terrace, hide it behind the milk. Then, he hides the embarrassing pictures of himself and his family around the house. He hides the picture with his…show more content…
The short story tells the reader how to “date” based on the girl’s social class or ethnicity. The point of dating is said to be able to get to know the person and care and appreciate them making the story opposite of what the reader is trying to achieve. There’s also irony at the end of the story, “She'll say, I like Spanish guys, and even though you've never been to Spain, say, I like you. You'll sound smooth” (Diaz 121). Yunior is probably the opposite of smooth but yet gives advice on how to make a girl engage in a sexual act. His acts won’t actually work on a girl and he’s trying to deceive the reader and himself to think he knows girls when he’s far from
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