Analysis Of Junot Diaz 's ' The Little Of The Narrator '

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“How to Date a Blackgirl, Whitegirl, Browngirl, or Halfie” written by Junot Diaz follows the superficial advice of the narrator (Yunior) as he walks the reader through how to date different ethnicities of women. Also, the title implies how to date difference ethnicities and people’s reaction on different races and social class. Daniel Bautista stated that “Despite the baldly provocative title, Diaz subversively reveals the limits of stereotypes by treating race and ethnicity as performative, provisional, and even strategic roles that individuals assume or take off according to the demands of the moment” (83). In the short story, “How to Date Blackgirl, Whitegirl, Browngirl, or Halfie,” the narrator mainly highlights and describes stereotypes based on ethnicity and social class. Yunior also mentions that stereotypes can influence men’s decisions on how to treat girls belonging to different ethnicities and social classes. Furthermore, narrator says that white girls seem to be more morally loose and more likely to have sex on the first date. However, females from other ethnicities are less likely to have sex on the first date. Yunior insists on appearances in all social contexts and interactions to gain physical intimacy. This story offers instructions on how to behave on a date according to the girls’ social class and ethnic background. The narrator uses humorous ways of writing to point out how ridiculous his recommendations are. Yunior strongly believes that the true purpose of dating is to achieve physical intimacy rather than emotional intimacy. However, because of this, the advice becomes dishonest because it supports hiding one’s ethnic background, social status and racial characteristics in order to achieve success on dating... ... middle of paper ... ...e. This is due to the fact that most of the author’s points were driven from his experience or assumptions rather than actual facts. As Yunior’s story mainly focuses on stereotypes, predictions and assumptions, people’s own experience may differ from his. The author mostly argues that it is good to hide background, social status and racial character to become successful in dating different ethnicities and also achieving physical intimacy. However, the author fails to explain the moral issue towards this practice. The story is excruciating because it’s isn’t about trying hard to accomplish good final outcome (physical intimacy), it’s about negotiating the complexities of race, social status and stereotypes. If our actions are determined by social class, is there even room for personality? Even though the story is very humorous, it’s not very helpful dating advice.

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