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Usually the narrator’s brother would act like a wild animal but ever since they moved his brother changed and started to act like a good boy. The brother begins to listen to his father when he is told to stay inside. Normally the narrator would behave but he disobey his father and goes outside and interact with gringos.

Once the father has been in a bad mood the little brother decides to behave but the narrator has been mistreated by his father but wasn’t able to say anything. The father was basically controlling over the family that he keeps them away from the outside world.

The author helps paints a picture of what is happening. When the narrator is forced to be bald by his father, he had no say and was neglected since his father didn’t care. Emotions were brought out when the narrator said that he wants his father to like him to. The author uses explicit language which allows you to feel exactly how the son feels.

If my parents used that language towards me I would feel sad like he did. The author makes his point clear about his experience of winter as a child. I agree with you that the father pressed his family’s members’ emotion disz since they moved in. In my opinion, he didn’t act like a father but a controller. In this story, I can’t rarely find any moment when he show his caring toward his wife and inviierno sons. And it’s true the narrator did a great job in creating images, he didn’t hide away any improper word or moment but express all of them to us.

I think the title Invierno fits the short story perfectly. This is appropriate for two reasons: Before the family moved from Santo Domingo to the United States they were a happy family, but being in a different environment really changed them. Their current situation is Invierno, or cold. Their behavior towards one another could be described as cold. I agree with you, Invierno is a perfect title for the story. Thanks for reminding me what “Invierno” means in Spanish, I did not even realized that.

Winter represents the situation the family is facing in a new invuerno, and represents their marriage- the mom and the iunot relationship. With the absence of the dad throughout the story, his relationship with the mom became cold. At the beginning of the story, author describe her as a curious women who desires to learn new things, that she tried so hard to learn English words from TV even after her husband criticize her pronunciation.

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However, as she realize she will never has the chance to join the conversation of her husband and his friends, she feel more alone than ever. Toward the end of the story.

In my opinion, unlike other seasons, winter is fill with cold snow and lack of energy, which can apply to this story, that main character Yunior and his brother spend most of their time watch TV instead play snow fight with others. They feel really depress about their situation, and feel weak about the rules set by their father. I like how you put that you can refer to your own experience.


I’m sure it’s hard to deal with all the new changes at first but things do get better. You described a very good character in the book. Their mother really did change a lot and she did it for her kids as well. I agree that the title does fit the story and your title was also good invireno well. They really do have a dilemma. When he lived on the Island he was usually an animal. He would completely listen to his father and stay inside no matter what.

This Is How You Lose Her – Chapter 7: “Invierno” Summary & Analysis

The effect of moving from a nice warm weather placed to a cold isolated place took a toll jubot his life. The title is good for this story. This story is about a Spanish family leaving the nice hot Island and moving into a cold winter life in the United States.

Rafa, Yunior and their mother are juhot in the cold apartment isolated from everyone. Yunior and his mother have not found it easy to deal with all of that. They are hoping to go back to the Islands, and away from the winter snow. I agree with you, Rafa did change and became more mature. This is due to the fact that they moved. I like the new title you created for the story. It would go along with the story because both Yunior and his mother want to go back to their island. Invieno they know they will not go back anytime they still do not loose hopes of going back one day.

The first day that Yunior’s father picked them up from the JFK airport to the new apartment, they all seem excited and looking forward to the new life in United States. Throughout the whole story, Yunior’s father is controlling iniverno the family. Yunior Rafa his brother and his mother are confined to the house, not allow to go anywhere.

This Is How You Lose Her – Chapter 7: “Invierno” Summary & Analysis

Rafa’s temper began to become worse, ” I would tug at his hair, an old game of ours, and he would explode, We fought and fought and fought and after my mother pried us apart, instead of making up like the old days, we sat scowling on opposite sides of our room and planned each other ‘s demise.

While the kids and the father adapt to the state, the mom was having difficulties adapt to the new environment. The mom became depressed and lonely, invierrno had no friends, uunot neighbors to visit.

You should talk to me, she said, but we told her to wait jnvierno Papi to get home. He’ll talk to you, I guaranteed. The mom can only obey to the Dad because he was more culturally adapted. I think the author done well on the use of emotionalism, and the portrayal of the mom. The short story was packed with emotions. The author purposely placed the emotional highlight at the end, when the dad announced that he won’t be able to get back home due to the snowstorm.

Junkt emotion of the mom got stronger gradually after the phone call. At first, she stayed silent and then she stepped out of the house, symbolized that she breaks free from the control of her husband. Eventually she cried at the top of Westminster, marks the end of the story. I like how the author, began with “the top of Westminster” and ended at the same spot. Moreover, the author was good at creating images.


The dialogues that the author placed jujot the junto are so powerful, the words speak for themselves. I have some other things that might work. Papi looked at his watch. Such as describe how the father control whole family by not letting Yunior and his brother going out to play with other children, punish them for not being quiet, critize Yunior for xiaz able to tie his shoelaces, force Yunior to cut his hair. And the author shows the transition made from Rafa, who was once an energetic person and now bacame a quiet and gentle boy.

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Even when he saw his brother gone outside, he stay in the apartment to watch. Throughout the story we see how some of the characters change. In the beginning of the disz Yunior, Rafa, and the mother are scared inviernoo the father. All three of them do as the father says so they would not get in trouble. In the beginning both Yunior and Rafa got in trouble with their father.

Although Yunior knows djaz consequences of what is actions could bring he does not change. He still challenges his father somewhat when he decides to gout side and play. While Yunior does this Rafa stays home and obeys his father. Rafa is trying to become the perfect son or like Yunior says “Number One Son. Another person that changes in the story is the mother. The mother also listened to her husband and did not dare to disobey him.

This leads to her feeling lonely and depressed. At the end of the story she decides to go out and explore viaz surroundings.

She does this once her husband leaves to work so she won’t get in trouble. This is a positive change because she is trying to be free little by little. Throughout the story we see how the family is being put down by the father. To the reader it is clear that the father is in charge and that what he says has diza be done. We can also see that his family is scared of him. This story is an example of what inviermo families go through, especially if they are from a foreign country.

In each country people live differently and what may seem wrong to us, is correct for them. This is a lifestyle in which many people adapt to.

This story has taught me that everyone lives inviermo and according to how they were raised as a child. It shows that not everyone in your family is going to be supportive. You dias to find a way in which you can be happy, even if that means standing up against someone you respect or care about. In Invierno by Junot Diaz onvierno speaker talks about his family’s move to America. He talks about how is was such a change for them in a new place that they have never been before. He talks about how he tried leaving the house but the father didn’t let him.

I can completely relate to this story because its exactly how i felt when i went to mexico one year. No body let me leave out of the house because of the fear that i would be kidnapped.