Junot Diaz How To Date Summary

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"How to Date a Browngirl, Whitegirl or Halfie" Junot Diaz utilizes a teenage boy to highlight the racial stereotypes that dictate how men should date and treat women from other races rather than their own. The story features Diaz’s dating guide designed to instruct the Dominican American teenager on how get ready from a date, as well as handle a girl during their date. The ultimate goal of the author’s instructions is to help the boy reach physical intimacy depending on what ethnicity the target girl, such as the browngirl, whitegirl, or halfie. In this story, Diaz proves to be a master in predicting the behavior of females through certain racial stereotypes. Plot At the beginning of the story, Diaz begins his short story by offering the first …show more content…

Yunior is portrayed by Diaz as being confident, but his voice is consistently confident and demeaning at the same time. Diaz also shows the insecurity of the poor African American male since he is ashamed of his lifestyle or social status founded on food stamps and welfare. Also, the manner in which the inner-city Hispanic teenager is instructed to hide his true identity shows that the boy is sure that he cannot impress in his current social status or lifestyle. The occasion lapses present in the narrator’s language reveal a low self-esteem beneath the chauvinism …show more content…

Additionally, he doesn’t recognize the fact that manipulation isn’t the best way to create a lasting relationship since it’s founded on preconceived ideas about certain racial groups. Symbolism The most obvious symbol in the story is the “government cheese,” which symbolizes the culture and the background of the inner-city Hispanic teenager. Essentially, it demonstrates that the teenager is from a humble background. Diaz also blends this with another symbol of the boy’s poor background; the “embarrassing photos of your family,” and reader’s pictures with an Afro. Style, Language & Tone Junot Diaz presents a narrator in his short story who reveals more about himself than he realizes, particularly with a style that undercuts both individuality and objectivity. The narrator isn’t afraid of including even the smallest gestures that reveal his cultural attitudes. With regards to language, the narrator’s colloquial English combined with some Spanish words and phrases reveal him as a Dominican inner-city

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