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Drown: Plot Summary
Drown: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Drown: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Junot Díaz
Historical Context of Drown
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- Full Title: “Drown”
- When Written: 1995
- Where Written: Ithaca, New York (at Cornell University)
- When Published: 1996
- Literary Period: Modern
- Genre: Short Story, Autobiographical Fiction
- Setting: An urban neighborhood in New Jersey.
- Climax: Yunior’s revelation that Beto sexually assaulted him when they were teenagers.
- Antagonist: Yunior’s inability to make peace with the way his friendship with Beto ended
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for Drown
From the bottom up. Junot Díaz paid his way through Rutgers by working odd jobs as a dishwasher, a deliver boy, and at a steel company. He notes that he has “seen the US from the bottom up,” achieving success both in spite and because of personal hard work and familial hardship.
Activism. Throughout his career, Díaz has been an active in pro-Dominican and Latinx organizations, both at home and abroad. Most notably, Díaz cofounded the Voices of Our Nations Workshop, a California-based writer’s workshop aimed to nurture and support emerging writers of color.