Please use the following questions as a starting point for your response to the Junot Diaz story “How to date a brown girl (black girl, white girl, or halfie)”. You don’t need to answer all of the questions, or even answer any of them in full, but please keep your response focused and relevant.
- How is second person narration operating in this story? Do you read the speaker as a narrator talking to Yunior, or as Yunior talking to himself? What difference does this make, if any?
- What effect does the “instructional” style of the story have?
- This is a story that dwells in the conditional tense, exploring possible future situations (ie, ‘If the girl is such-and-such, do this. If she’s not, do that,’ or ‘If you run into Howie, this is what will happen’) instead of clear action in the present tense. How does Diaz keep us grounded in a story that doesn’t exactly have what we might conventionally call scenes?