Junot Diaz 's The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Essay

1564 Words Nov 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Oscar, alone, types furiously away at his typewriter. Oscar, alone, dreams of the woman he saw on the bus earlier in the day. Oscar. Alone. In The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz illustrates the way in which one’s society can both burden and create one’s identity. As Oscar meanders through his life without any firm direction, his approach towards girls and his rare parlance determine the life he lives. They are what ostracize him, but are also what make him special. They make him worthwhile in the world he lives in: the world he does not want to live in. Oscar is a curious character. He is someone whose story is normally tossed to the sea to be gobbled up among rusted cans and plastic wrap by a lobster who cannot find anything better. Oscar’s story, however, is a story worth telling because of the depths Oscar falls doing the things he loves. Every single man in the whole book, from the Gangster, to Aldo, to Yunior, to the Father, to Abelard, were all similar characters in regards to women: every man besides Oscar. While one could argue that Oscar is still young and could reach his philandering days soon enough, it seems safe to say Oscar is not from the same cut regarding women. The Dominican men in Oscar’s life share some sort of non-committal trait; they cannot be satiated by one woman for extended periods of time.
Yunior contrasts heavily to Oscar’s commitment in that he writes extensively of his cheating and how “balls-out” (175) he lived. His…

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