The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao By Junot Diaz Essay

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Twentieth-century texts, specifically that of American literature, which address diaspora and the effects of displacement, exhibit a purposeful distortion of reality in efforts to define what reality is. It is important then, within such texts, to examine the depiction of a character’s subjective experience in response to their extreme circumstances. When personal circumstances evolve, and what was once the mundane or the ordinary, digress into an array of cataclysm, the self too, digresses in response, creating a subsequent shift in identity or self-identification. Identity in essence becomes a term attributed to the attempt to change and integrate the self along a different social paradigm reflective of the immediate cultural atmosphere and national dimension. This self-identification and the ability to self-fashion an identity, are unequivocally affected and influenced by one’s concept and understanding of their relative history. In his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz explores and elucidates the relationship between diaspora and the ensuing cultural identity and national hybridity through fragments of Dominican and American histories. By engaging with multiple literary structures and various forms of writing, Díaz not only attempts to construct an alternative identity and history for the silenced “páginas en blanco”, but also attempts to invent a historical coherence for the world. Through a commentary mode of writing, Díaz establishes a voice, not…

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