The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Essay

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Meaningless Lives In a relatively recent human history, the first European immigrants inadvertently commenced a state of hybridity between peoples of different racial categories. In addition, the strained and chained dislodgment of millions of indigenous Africans by white hegemony immensely added to the current racial hybridity of the Americas. Junot Diaz’s novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao brilliantly illuminates the struggles of the immigrant as he tries to find a sense of belonging in a new environment whilst carrying a heavy, culturally inherited baggage that is part of an individual identity. In this particular case, Diaz applies the tyrannically darkened past of the Dominican Republic to address essential world issues implicating dictators, and their often invisible victims; superstations, and their often unexamined provenances. In the novel, The Brief Wondrous life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz uses his artistic and cultural lens as both Dominican and American; to subversively paint universal experiences relating to oppression, and superstitious beliefs. To begin with, oppression in various forms is depicted as a principle theme of the book. It is apparent in relationships in between the characters, and also between the foremost antagonist, Rafael Trujillo and the Dominican people. However, if Trujillo is presented as a primary antagonist, it is only fair to wonder whom the protagonist is, and in this essay, it is none other than
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