FIESTA 1980 By Junot Diaz - An Analysis
Junot Diaz, a Dominican American composer, was born in the year 1968 and has been serving the office of the fiction editor at the bimonthly literary and political magazine of America. The eminent writer is also one of the professors at the department of the creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the MIT. The writer is known to have been a part of the board of the advisors who have been serving the Georgian volunteer concern, Freedom University, which is responsible for providing the post-secondary education to the numerous immigrants of the within the territories of the country that lack documentation. The following essay aims to attempt a literary analysis of one of the celebrated works of the writer, Fiesta 1980.
The short story in discussion is considered to be a part of Drown, the most celebrated short story collection by the author, Junot Diaz. The short story first appeared in the magazine, Story and was a part of The Best American Short Stories in the year 1997. The concerned story revolves round the reminiscences of the concerned protagonist of the story, Yunoir. The protagonist in this story is observed to have been sharing his memories of attending one of the private parties held in Bronx along with his family. The story further attempts a detailed account of the difficult and strained relationship that is shared by the concerned protagonist and his father. The story also takes into account the struggles of the protagonist in order to deal with the anxiety and the carsickness that the protagonist had developed in the process of dealing with the abuses that were mitigated by the father of the protagonist.
The story majorly deals with the account of the dysfunctional family members of the protagonist who had immigrated from the Dominic Republic. The story presents the situation that state that the family had been attending a private party that was being held at Bronx, in the New York City. The protagonist is found to the son of the Mami and Papi and has been in his teenage years. The protagonist is younger than Rafa and plays the role of the elder brother to his other younger sibling Madai. The protagonist informs the readers of the fact that Madai had been suffering from motion sickness, a condition that stems from the continuous long journeys that the concerned family had been taking in the new Volkswagen van that was owned by the father, Papi. The story opens with the father walking into the house from his workplace for the purpose of accompanying the family to the party. The protagonist claims that the father was very strict and goes on to state that “If Papi had walked in and caught us lounging around in our underwear, man, he would have kicked our asses or something serious” (Díaz 58).
The protagonist is known to have been suffering from the anxiety disorder due to this worse and abusive behavior that was meted out to the concerned children by the father. The theme of negative treatment that is prevalent within the story might be responsible for the anxiety that is found to be prevalent in the psyche of the three siblings who have been presented within the concerned short story. The author of the story primarily presents the readers with the protagonist who is of a very young age yet demonstrates the qualities of a very complex mind. The protagonist, with the unfurling of the story, depicts the qualities of possessing a variety of the psychological disorders that result from the abuse that is meted out by the parents. The psychological disorders that are revealed to have been demonstrated by the concerned protagonist might include the display of the phobia that is ingrained within the psyche of the concerned protagonist due to the abusive treatments that are meted out by the father in this case. The anxieties that are engraved in the psyche of the concerned protagonist are the results of the chronic fear that is imbibed within the mind due to the abusive treatments that are meted out by the concerned parent who is supposed to be one of the primary caregivers of the concerned child. The protagonist further depicts the disorder related to the eating disorders that were developed by the concerned protagonist due to the motion sickness that has been developed by the protagonist. The father, however, states that the motion sickness that has been developed by the concerned protagonist and his younger sibling is due to the fact that pertains to the poor meal times that is practiced by the concerned siblings.
The author clarifies the fact the protagonist suffers from the phobia that results from the combined fear that the protagonist has developed of his father and the long rides that the protagonist had been taking in the Volkswagen van that is owned by his father, Papi. The eldest of the siblings, Rafa, is observed to have been enduring the most of the physical abuse that has been meted out by the father of the three. The eldest sibling is observed to have been retracting from the various situations that have been dealing with the meting out of the physical abuse by the father in the house. The protagonist of the story explains the conditions by stating that “Rafa had already started inching away from me…moving out of the way every tine Papi was going to smack me” (Díaz 198).
Thus, from the above analysis of the various thoughts and actions that are depicted by Yunior, it might be stated that the author had portrayed him as a main character of the story who is quite impressionable and is in his young ages. The character is observed to have been depicting the qualities and symptoms of phobias and anxieties as well as the commencement of the eating disorder that has resulted from the matters that pertain to the psychological and the physical abuse that is meted out to all the three siblings by their father. This evokes the sympathy and the unison of the reader who supports the protagonist and the dysfunctional family in a silent manner.
Díaz, Junot. Fiesta, 1980. 2007.