Essay on Analysis Of The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

1124 Words Jul 1st, 2016 5 Pages
The Watcher In most third-person novels, the audience doesn’t know exactly who the narrator is – the author is the assumed narrator. In the case of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the narration is told through first person, although the reader initially is not sure who this narrator is within the context of the novel itself. Through this narration, the reader gains a certain closeness to the subject matter, while feeling somehow distanced. It’s clear from the narration that this person is not a direct part of the Cabral family. Díaz does this to give the reader a sense that the speaker knows what he’s talking about, but he’s not as biased as a member of the family might be. Yunior cares enough about the Cabral family to do his research regarding the fukú supposedly plaguing their lineage, but he himself isn’t directly impacted by the curse. Through his narration, the audience has a more intimate experience of the novel and its events without feeling like the narrator may be lying. At the outset of the novel, the reader has no idea who is telling the story. It’s easy to assume that the narrator is Díaz himself. The tone of the very beginning of the novel, “Part One,” implies that the story is not told from an unattached third person perspective. Even the footnotes are written in first person, so the narrator injects his own opinions and personality on fact. “The Golden Age” chapter begins by referring to Oscar as “our hero.” This is an ambiguous “our” – the reader…

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