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Ysrael by Junot Diaz
Transcript of Ysrael by Junot Diaz
Born in Villa Juana, a neighborhood in (Moca), Dominican Republic
Writer, creative writing professor at MIT.
Attended Kean College in New Jersey after one year he transfered to Rutgers College in 1992(Majoring in English).
His inspiriation came for exposing authors like Toni Morrison and Sandra Cisneros.
First Dominican American to publish a novel.
Won a lot of awards, serves a volunteer for an organization that provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants.
Third out of 5 (family), he lived most of his early childhood with his mother and grandparents while his dad worked in the states. Until he was re united with his father and emigrated to New Jersey.
Ysrael:The boy with the mask, his face was eaten by a pig when he was an infant, gets bullied by the other kids cause he came from an other island. But still manages to keep his cool with the others kids espeically with Rafa and Yunior.
Rafa: The oldest brother and the antagonist throughout the story, he hates the fact that he has to spend his summers in the campo, no electricity only adventourous journeys they take with his brother Yunior or by himself. What do you think that Rafa teaches his brother Yunior?
Yunior: Youngest brother, we can see as the protagonist of the story, he likes being in the calm of the campo, looks up to Rafa as a role model.
Living in New Jersey from living in Dominican Republic
How does living in New Jersey difffer fom living in the campo ? ( long walks to the river, no electricity, bus rides)
There are many instances of
going on in the story.
Can you think of one?
JUnot Diz on the writting process
Or can you think of any other major themes?