Alma Symbols & Objects

Junot Díaz
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Alma’s Body

Alma’s body symbolizes the shallow attachment that Yunior has to Alma. When Yunior discusses his affection for Alma, it is mostly in regard to her physical attractiveness. Yunior acknowledges that they do not have much in common in terms of personality or interests, and thus their relationship is built on a shallow foundation.

NYU and Columbia

NYU and Columbia symbolize failed ambitions. Alma applied to New York University and Columbia University for college, as she wanted to attend college in New York City, but she attends Rutgers University because she was rejected by NYU and Columbia. Alma nevertheless appears to approach life with excited energy.

Painting

Painting symbolizes failed communication. Alma enjoys painting, and she even paints a portrait of Yunior. Yunior comments in narration that she lacks skill in the discipline, but he implicitly does not say this to Alma. Both the...

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