Analysis Of The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Essay

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Novels are constantly evolving over time, yet despite time passing, some novels continue to represent women as sexualized objects. The female characters in Nella Larsen’s Passing, first published in 1929 but takes place in the 1920s, and Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, published in 2007 but takes place from the 1940s to the 1990s, are subject to this representation because both novel’s narrators place an emphasis on physical features. Although both novels take place in different times and settings, both novels are creating and representing women as exotic sexualized objects because of their gender and race. Larsen and Díaz’s emphasis on the blackness of female characters demonstrates the timelessness of the importance of skin color. When Irene sees Clare she thinks: “Did that woman, could that woman, somehow know that here before her very eyes on the roof of the Drayton sat a Negro?” (Larsen 16). This is the first mention of color in the novel. This first mention of being black highlights the importance of physical appearances for Clare and Irene. They are in a 1920s, segregated, and racist Chicago. The threat of being recognized as a “negro” is alarming for Irene, that would mean being treated differently just because of her ancestry.
Despite a completely different setting and time, Beli’s situation is not distinct. The first sign of the continuation of the Cabral’s downfall was that Beli “was born black. And not just any black. But black…

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