Analysis of Junot Diaz's 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'

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To My Dear Friend Oscar, As one of your confidants and close companions, I know that you are one of this world's rarest souls, a great person who has so much to offer the world, but one who simply prefers to keep the best parts of yourself private. I feel truly honored that you have revealed some of your secrets to me, and I want you to know that your friendship means more to me than you can ever imagine. You are misunderstood by a world which is unready and unwilling to know true beauty, and this ignorant rejection has been foisted upon you with the epithet of introvert. But even the world can be wrong Oscar, as it has so many times before, and it is wrong now when it forces good people like you to retreat into solitude and revert to a state of depression. An introvert "just strongly prefers not to socialize" and "they simply prefer traveling through their own interior universe" (Svoboda 52), but these aspects of your personality are nothing to be ashamed of my friend. You have no doubt discovered firsthand that "introverts live in an extrovert's world, and there are days when we'd prefer to do nothing more than stay at home," but this does not have to be your fate everyday Oscar, because "while our temperaments may define us, that doesn't mean we're controlled by them." (Walsh 7) The fact that you prefer the pleasant company of yourself above the unwelcome clamor of false companionship is not a sign of weakness Oscar; it is the ultimate sign of strength. When the

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