Analysis of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Essay

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Where there is love, there is life”. Human beings cannot live a fulfilled life without love of some kind. In Junot Diaz’s Novel, “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” we see that love plays a vital role. Love, or the lack of it, impacts each individual in the story and leads them to become reckless or grow stronger. Whether its love from a parent, from a friend, or a significant other, we need it to function, to grow, and to be able to accept ourselves. At a young age, Oscar was what nowadays you may call a “player”, he had girls left and right and at times couldn’t even decide which one he wanted more. He was “one of those preschool loverboys who was always trying to kiss the girls, always coming up behind …show more content…
“La Muchacha fea, she said in disgust” (p.54) a mother telling her own daughter she is ugly! One can never grow up with true self confidence after hearing something like that from a woman who is supposed to love them unconditionally. “An absentee parent: if she wasn’t at work she was sleeping, and when she was around it seemed all she did was scream and hit” (p. 54). When a teenage girl gets no love at home, she goes out and searches for it elsewhere, she needs it so bad that she accepts anything as love- “Immature love says ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says ‘I need you because I love you’.” (Erich Fromm) - this is when Lola becomes vulnerable. We see this in part two of the book when Lola says “All my life I’d been swearing that one day I would just disappear. And one day I did. I ran off, dique, because of a boy” (p.61). So Lola found a cute boy and thought that from him she would receive the love she’d never gotten, however she was wrong. That is what caused her to become the strong, independent, Dominican woman. Now for Yunior, a boy who is afraid of commitment. It is always easy to say that you love or care about someone, as cliché as it sounds, actions do speak louder than words, and Yunior’s actions screamed unfaithful. Yunior is a good looking man and its easy for him to get girls, he’s confident, calm and collected and has his way with words. He is the opposite of Oscar, Yunior has the girl, the opportunity to

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