The Role of Fathers in Latino Families Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison of the father figures in Junot Diaz's "Drown" and Jamaica Kincaid's "Annie John".
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The paper compares the father figures in Junot Diaz's "Drown" and Jamaica Kincaid's "Annie John", and describes how in "Drown", the father is selfish, lacks compassion and is guilty of infidelity, while in "Annie John" the father presents a more traditional image of the perfect father who demonstrates public faithfulness to his wife and family. The paper contrasts the differing gender roles in both stories and also points out how both fathers can do the same action but one is considered right and the other wrong for it. The paper then shows how both fathers affected the children's lives, but in the end, it is the children themselves who will shape their futures. The paper concludes by emphasizing the importance of family, particularly that of the father, in the lives of Caribbean children and their Latino roots.

A Less than Perfect Father
Differing Gender Roles
A Matter of Perspective
The Aftermath

From the Paper:

"Junot Diaz's Drown explores the emotional turmoil that defines adolescence. The story consists of a series of stories centered on a boy who grew up in the Dominical Republic and later moved to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream. The father figure in Drown acts like the perfect, faithful patriarch of the family. However, Diaz soon learns of his father's infidelity and understands that there will be consequences as a result of his father's actions. The main character develops a sense of impending dread for the consequences of his father's actions. Although he is a child, he knows that his father's actions will be the downfall of the family."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Diaz, Junot. Drown. Riverhead Trade, A Division of Penguin USA. 1997.
  • Kincaid, Jamaica. Annie John. New York, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1997.

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