Junot Díaz Writing Styles in Drown (Short Story)

Junot Díaz
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Point of View

The story written in the first person and is told entirely from the protagonist’s perspective. The protagonist narrates the events of his friendship with Beto from a retrospective point of view, as he has not spent time with Beto in two years. Meanwhile, he narrates the events of his current life from the perspective of his daily routines and habits. This bifurcation of perspective portrays the internal effects that Beto’s return to town has on the protagonist. As the protagonist goes about his daily routines, he recalls related events and patterns that involved his friendship with Beto. In this way, the novel demonstrates how the protagonist views many aspects of his life in relation to his former friendship with Beto.

The protagonist’s perspective on his past and present build in the narrative in such a way as to evoke an underlying despair...

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