Analysis Of The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao By Junot Diaz And The Scarlet Letter

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Through the conjunctive analyzation of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne a unifying theme between these two works emerges and the exploration of the ways that these authors impose this specific concept in their respective works leads to a larger understanding of these two novels. Specifically, the unifying theme of the individual within society permeates these two works and creates parallels between them. In The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao this theme targets Oscar de León, a man maturing within Dominican culture and society, and The Scarlet Letter focuses on Hester Prynne and her role within Puritan society. Furthermore, these protagonists lead their lives as social outcasts, but each for completely opposite reasons. While Hester’s community shuns her for her pregnancy out of wedlock, Oscar’s peers, his community, and even his own family ostracized him for his pervading virginity and failure to act like a man ‘should’ under Dominican culture. Although the overarching theme between these two individuals illustrates their roles within their societies, each novel uses its own approach to convey this idea. While the people that surround Hester, namely the leaders of the Puritan town, determine Hester’s role in society, not only do the people that surround Oscar determine what his role should be within Dominican society, but the narrator of the novel expresses this ideology blatantly to the reader,…

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