The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Summary

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juniot Diaz is not only a literal book but also it is a jigsaw puzzle—a set of irregular shaped, interlocking pieces that form a picture when fitted together. Typical images found on puzzles include scenes from nature, architectures, and patterns, nonetheless, this puzzle is a picture of Oscar’s life. The picture consists of various sections, correspondingly the novel divides into chapters that mainly concentrates on the life of Oscar and the history of Oscar’s family. Each chapter is designated to a character from a significant generation, such as the second chapter about Lola, Oscar’s sister, chapter three about his mother, chapter five about his grandparents etc. Every piece of the puzzle is a part…show more content…
In the beginning of the novel, Yunior decides to hide behind the stage but sometimes peering through the curtains. Although the exposition of the story uncovers in the prologue, which introduces the main characters, underlying history of the Dominican Republic, and the evil curse fuku; Yunior wasn’t mentioned. Instead, he writes in first-person narration, “As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, I have a fuku story too...It just happens to be the one that’s got its fingers around the throat. I’m not entirely sure Oscar would have liked this designation. Fuku story. He was a hardcore sci-fi and fantasy man, believed that that was the kind of story we were all living in. He’d ask: What more sci-fi than the Santo Domingo? What more fantasy than the Antilles? But now that I know how it all turns out, I have to ask, in turn: what more fuku” (Diaz 6)? Yunior as the primary author, wrote from two separate periods of time and presenting two different voices in the novel. As readers, we didn’t learn about Yunior until chapter four, but along the way, we can find pieces of the puzzle to identify Yunior as the author of Oscar’s story from the clues given. The introduction to the story, as we come to realize later in the novel, is written from the perspective of the more mature Yunior, the teacher and the writer. For example, from the…show more content…
Her past unfolds in chapter three—another piece of the puzzle—with subsections guiding the readers. Both her children and her stories are heavily influenced by the genre of romance, as they all suffered from love in one way or another. From Jack Pujol to the Gangster, Beli was always referred to the third-person, hardly gets a chance to present her own voice. Yunior brings awareness to the reader about how his narration controls and subsumes different characters’ authentic voice by asking, “What is it with Dictators and Writers, anyway?...Rushdie claims that tyrants and scribblers are natural antagonists, but I think that’s too simple; it lets writers off pretty easy. Dictators, in my opinion, just know competition when they see it. Same with writers. Like, after all, recognizes like” (Diaz 97). The passage is in one of the novel’s longest footnotes, which makes it easy to overlook. At this point of the book, Yunior remains a mystery, while he places a connection between a writer and dictator, capitalizing the first letter of both words in the first sentence that changes the nouns to proper nouns as if they are labels. According to his revision of the Rushdie’s analysis, writers appear to indict the same crime as the dictators or even more guilty. Writers use the force of language to dictate over this fictional world and push it into
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