The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Essay

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Mutants. Since the discovery of their existence they have been regarded with fear, suspicion, often hatred. Across the planet, debate rages. Are mutants the next link in the evolutionary chain or simply a new species of humanity fighting for their share of the world? Either way it is a historical fact: Sharing the world has never been humanity 's defining attribute (Cooper-Dowda).
In this quote by Professor X (short for Xavier, who is the leader of the Marvel’s group of mutants known as the X-Men) from the movie X2: X-Men United, Charles Xavier is referencing the struggle between the mutant race and the majority of society. Oscar Wao, in Junot Diaz’s novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is often times compared to the mutants in Stan Lee’s well known comic series in that his behavior and interests do not correlate with that of the typical Dominican man of his time. The character Yunior, who also assumes the role of narrator and annotator, inserts many references to Dominican history, science fiction, anime, fantasy, comic books, and roleplaying games in such a way that only a fellow nerd can. In my analysis of the novel, as well as a number of scholarly journals, I will approach the argument of Yunior as a reincarnation of a race of characters in the Marvel Universe known as Watchers as well as draw comparisons between Yunior and Oscar and mutants as they are presented in the Marvel Universe. In order to successfully argue whether or not Yunior is the…

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