Drown

by

Junot Díaz

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Yunior’s Father Character Analysis

After leaving Yunior and his mother, Yunior’s father now lives in Florida with one of his many girlfriends. He is a complex source of resentment for Yunior, who spent much of his childhood terrified of his father’s physical abuse, but also convinced that this behavior was normal and shared by all Dominican fathers. Although Yunior’s father was his only male role model growing up other than Beto, Yunior resented his father’s temper, infidelity, and unreliability, and it seems that the two of them have a strained relationship now that his father is gone. Yunior’s father often calls Yunior’s mother and tells her that he will leave his girlfriend if she moves to Florida to be with him, but Yunior knows this is an empty promise and urges his mother not to take the calls.

Yunior’s Father Quotes in Drown

The Drown quotes below are all either spoken by Yunior’s Father or refer to Yunior’s Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead edition of Drown published in 1996.
Drown Quotes

“They don’t send you to jail for shoplifting. They just turn you over to your old man.”

Related Characters: Beto (speaker), Yunior, Yunior’s Father
Page Number: 97
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Yunior’s Father Character Timeline in Drown

The timeline below shows where the character Yunior’s Father appears in Drown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...anymore, and she counsels Yunior that they should make up the way she and Yunior’s father have: they were once very angry at each other but are now able to be... (full context)
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...Yunior gives his mother fifty-dollars to spend. He explains that, when he was younger, his father would give her one hundred dollars to spend at the beginning of the summer for... (full context)
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...that he was shoplifting, even though he brought home large quantities of new clothes. Yunior’s father, however, saw exactly how his son was spending his time and cautioned him that he... (full context)
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Sexuality and Masculinity Theme Icon
...he finds his mother whispering on the phone. She is on the phone with Yunior’s father, who lives in Florida with a girlfriend. Yunior explains that he often calls his mother... (full context)
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...his mother tries to find out what is wrong, Yunior snaps at her, causing his father, who is visiting from Florida, to slap him. (full context)
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...asleep and he imagines that she is dreaming of walking in Boca Raton with his father. When the movie ends, Yunior shakes his mother awake and she asks him to check... (full context)