I definitely enjoyed reading this book. I kept turning the pages of Jesse by Gary Soto. This book tells the story of a boy who drops out of high school during his senior year, and joins his brother at City College. The brothers meet new people, try to earn more money to add to the little they have, and get through the tough times of Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War. This book was very enjoyable to read because of the first person writing style and because Jesse, the main character, has a very different lifestyle than mine. The first person writing style helped me get a direct point of view from the main character. I also thought it was very different and fascinating to read about a different heritage (Mexican), and life, such as going to
The book The Journal Of Biddy Owens by Walter Dean Myers Is a fantastic book! It took place in 1948. About a 16 year old Boy. In my opinion. It's a fast paced book, it's short, and it's about baseball. It's fast paced because their isn't a lot of words to read. Also it's got over 100 pages, so then it would count as a book we would have to read for the quarter.
History is impossible to change but is imperative to learn from. Throughout three novels: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, and The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich, each protagonist is faced with the challenge of overcoming events in their past to positively impact their present. However, each of the protagonists are unsuccessful, which results in them repeating mistakes of their past. Jay Gatsby is impacted by his love affair with Daisy Buchanan and tries to alter events from the past in an attempt to return to a time when they were together and happy. Oscar Wao is impacted by his mother’s reckless actions; his mother’s recklessness during her youth affects how emotional and irrational Oscar becomes when falling in love. Evelina Harp is impacted by the stories that Mooshum tells her regarding decisions made based on religion and societal pressure. Gatsby, Oscar, and Evelina are each greatly impacted by uncontrollable events of their past, which forces them to either learn from those mistakes and move forward into the present or succumb to the same mistakes and be destined to repeat them.
"The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao" by Junot Diaz portraits the life of Oscar de L茅on. By blending elements of reality with fantasy and science-fiction, the author paints this "cursed" journey of Oscar, doomed to act the role of the "contemporary geek". The story follows Oscar in his search to find a girl that will return his love, although he doesn't meet the society's masculinity standards. Latino masculinity is a dominant concept in the novel, for that is the main catalyst for all the actions depicted throughout the narration.
Point of view is important in any novel. It allows readers to see and understand the events and characters in a novel. Depending on who is speaking, point of view can drive the plot and convey the thoughts of the characters in a story. In the novel, The Brief Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, point of view plays a crucial role in narrating the life of the lonesome outsider, Oscar. The novel is narrated in first person, but Diaz chooses to disclose who the speaker is until later in the book. As the story progresses, there are clues that hint to the reader who the outside source narrating Oscars life is. Diaz uses Yunior to narrate a majority of the novel. This point of view lets the readers understand the Dominican culture through Yunior’s commentary and perspective. It also gives an outside perspective on Oscar which helps build Oscar as a character. Instead of using an omniscient third person or generic first person point of view, Diaz uses multiple characters to narrate the story. This ingenious idea gave the story a more personal and up close look at not only the life of Oscar, but also the lives of his sister, Lola, and his mother, Beli.
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz covers the issue of Love and Violence thoroughly throughout the book, and shows how anger and love influence the impulsive and reckless decisions the characters made. Searching for Zion, by Emily Raboteau on the other hand shows that love comes in different forms and may be easily misunderstood. Abelard, Belicia, Lola, and Emily show love can be a devastating force if not handled carefully and, could be very dangerous. As others commonly have, Oscar confuses passion or lust with love, which in many ways can be critical when conveyed in violence. Similarly, Emily doesn’t fully understand the love that she shares with her father and it leads her to dangerous
When you see someone characterize someone else as a nerd, what do you generally think about this person, what if this same person is characterized as a geek? Most people generally hold a negative connotation with one of these titles, some see it as the geek and some see it as the nerds. Oscar De Leon and Yunior from Juinot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao can be classified as members of either of these groups in some ways. There are ways that they fit in and ways that they don’t but first, in order to see how Oscar and Yunior fit into the geek or nerd classifications or not the criteria must be defined.
In popular culture and mainstream media, women are often portrayed as overtly sexual objects that are obligated to entertain the idea of patriarchy. The strong outward appearances and characteristics of women in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz are deceiving, as they do not reveal their powerlessness against men. Throughout the entire book, women are described and seen as sexual objects through the eyes of Yunior, Oscar, and various other men. In the first chapter, Oscar and his peers treat women like they are disposable, despite their desire and need for them. This negative trend is reinforced in the next two chapters, as the narrators shamelessly describe women by emphasizing their feminine traits whilst simultaneously displaying the idea of male dominance. In addition, strong-willed women like Beli and Lola refuse to succumb to such lustful treatment, but when they are tempted with the fantasy of true love, they immediately lose their strength and surrender. In the last few chapters, these ideas are further reinforced through the sexual desire that Oscar possesses. He meets Ybon, a prostitute with a boyfriend, and immediately falls in love. Ybon is committed to her boyfriend, but because of the way she is seen in a patriarchal system, she gives in to the forbidden love that Oscar offers. No matter how strong these women were within the story, they always let the men have their way. In the end, Oscar dies because of his uncontrollable desire for love. The
This is about an essay titled The Dreamer by Junot Diaz. To sum it all up, it is about a boy telling the story of his mother as a child and the hardships she went through as a child. Can you imagine going up against your strict mother for an education all while trying to survive as a little girl in a third world country? This is a little girl's story of how she did it all. I am responding to it where abuse is a bigger problem and also how hard it can be to get an education. I feel that the essay relates to me because I have had hardships trying to do things as well. Since I am the older sibling in my family I always had a hard time getting out to do fun things, just as the young girl wanted to get out to learn.
Oscar Casares made Mr. Perez a believable by describing her features “she measured five feet two inches and weighed 164 pounds,” (Casares line14) he also gives us a vivid detailed on how people watched her every time to bowl. In his short story Mr. Perez is the main character who is from a little town called Brownsville’s located in the board of Texas and Mexico. He opens the story with her at the bowling alley where everyone stops to watch her paly, Casares say “the ball’s cherry red and gold swirls made it look as if it were catching fire when released down the lane… People stopped to watch when she was up” (Casares line 2-4) in which the reader fells as if they can see her roll her ball.
I chose the book Dude. You’re a Fag: Masculinity and Sexuality in High School by C.J. Pascoe because it focused on a topic that was the most relevant to me as a recent high school graduate. It was helpful to know that the positive and negative experiences I had during high school were not necessarily an individual occurrence, but instead a North American, if not global, phenomenon. However, I would argue that some of the violence that occurs in the book is not typically present in Ontario high schools, but other themes, such as homophobia, sexuality, and hypermasculinity are.
Each culture has expectations and traditions that each person is expected to follow, those who do not conform are branded as outcasts. These expectations are exhausting and cause inner conflict within society. The novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, is about the pressure of adhering to the unwritten rules of cultural expectations. The novel’s themes can be compared to the lives of women in the the Middle-East and their push for equality. The documentary, He Named Me Malala by David Guggenheim, follows the story of Malala Yousafzai and her push for women’s education in Pakistan, and the suppression of the Taliban. Guggenheim’s documentary highlights Malala’s trouble with changing her culture's expectations for women and the sadness in wake of that issue. The TED Talks from Alaa Murabit, What My Religion Really Says About Women, explains her experience with loss of innocence when she moved from Canada to Libya. An article from The Guardian, Majority of men in the Middle East survey believe a woman's place is at home, exposes the truth of men’s expectations of women in the Middle East and the women’s ambition to achieve more. The constructs and rules enforced by the culture that engulfs a person causes oppression and damage to their mental health.
Life is a constant roller coaster ride of grueling struggles and bittersweet accomplishments. There are also times where one neither wins nor loses, but lessons are always learned. What we do during that time of strife and struggle defines who we will become later. Those who embrace the change and hardship, while finding a way to make it through, will become stronger in the end. In “The Dreamer”, by Junot Diaz, the dream of a young girl to become a nurse never comes to fruition, but her struggles and sacrifices enabled her to move out of a Third World country. Due to his mother’s sacrifices, her son Diaz is able to live a better life, achieving his goals of becoming a writer because she pushed him to better himself with her courage.
In conclusion the book the color of water I enjoyed very much because most books will just have one kind of point of view but this book had a child and his mother and to figure out some history from both sides makes it interesting, and the certain chapters I talked about in the story is what I found was most important and interesting and I believe most people would agree, and this is a book I would highly
Hey, I just finished the book called Dork Diaries, Tales from a NOT-SO-Happy Heartbreaker By Rachel Renee Russell. My 5th grade teacher recommended it to me because she thought I should read books that have a little bit of everything that I like in a book, I agreed.