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    The author I decided to investigate further was Junot Diaz. Junot Diaz is an interesting author, who I feel like writes about the daily lives of Dominicans, that not only Dominicans can relate to, but people of other ethnicities. Diaz’s work interests me mostly because of the way he tells it. I feel that his stories could be happening all around you, which uniquely goes to show the life like feel his works have in which it envelopes the reader into a scenario where they can place themselves inside the story. Although I actually prefer Junot Diaz, his works give students a break compared to earlier college classes where I had to read old works, whereas I couldn’t relate and wouldn’t stimulate my senses in any ways. Junot Diaz gives me an open…

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    It is a type of personality that doesn’t know how or when to quit. Perseverance is a continuous effort to accomplish something despite difficulties, failure or opposition. Perseverance is not when you give up simply because you can’t come up with anymore ideas of what to write. An example of perseverance is when Junot Diaz -as stated in his essay Becoming a Writer – was writing his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. It took him more than a decade to complete, but he refused to throw it…

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    The Faceless Man and the Golden Mongoose Author, Junot Diaz, starts off his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, with the explanation of fukú, a key element in his work. Diaz’s way of symbolization through mystical characters to be very unique. Fukú, to be a form of “bad luck,” tends to “travel” with us throughout the storyline. Further into the story we come to understand the influence fukú has on the development of Diaz’s characters. It shapes the fear and cautious behaviors of…

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    Brief Wondrous Life

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    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is the tragic story of the young Oscar de Leon. As the author Junot Diaz puts it, “Our hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about---he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock.”(Diaz 11). Poor Oscar was just a pawn in this play between good and evil, light and dark, the fuku and the zafa. Oscar’s entire identity was the product of his family’s curse, destined to live a short,…

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    Richard Shang Mrs. McQuay English 11 May 15 2017 Marginalization in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Time and time again people see how marginalization of a group can create psychological and emotional problems such as anxiety, fear, and depression. In The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz explores these specific issues through the brief life of Oscar de Leon and his family. The repeated marginalization of Oscar and his his family causes him to express self-doubt and depression,…

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    Mexican Culture Essay

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    The Renovation of a Damaged People: Mexico’s Post-Revolution Cultural Recovery Throughout history, music, art, and literature have held key roles in dealing with and responding to current political events. This type of culture has been used for good and evil - spreading truth that inspires the masses to make a change, or propaganda in order for a government to cultivate certain ideas within its citizens. By looking at the content of artistic expression during any given time and in any given…

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    The Wind That Swept Mexico, by Anita Brenner, is a very intriguing piece that draws attention to the reader through it’s clear description of the revolution and what occurred after it was over. Originally published in 1943 by the Texas Press, Brenner’s piece was known as one of the first to present many different phases of the revolution. Brenner was born in Mexico and lived there for many years. She used to write dispatches for Spain during the Spanish Civil War and edit “Mexico This Month’s”…

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    In Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the author illustrates a society of internalized prejudice and racism. His representation of this society is symbolized by the relationship between Belí and her daughter Lola; a mother- daughter relationship of control and resentment that creates a microcosm of the societal pressures and values of the Dominican Republic. On pages 208-209 of Oscar Wao, Lola narrates her life experiences: her conflicts with her mother, her discontent with her…

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    Tlatelolco Massacre Essay

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    The Tlatelolco Massacre In the summer of 1968, Mexico was thrust into the center of the world stage pending the upcoming Olympics. The highly anticipated event generated a variety of emotions amongst the Mexican people, and not all emotions were good. The people were angry; millions of government dollars were being funneled ruthlessly into this event while a large majority of the population lived well below the poverty line and struggled to survive day-to-day. The anger and the desire for…

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    Fact: The most expensive fuel purchased during the trip cost $71.52 per gallon. That includes the price of chartering a Piper Cheyenne III aircraft to act as a fuel truck, Startled by the sunlight flooding my room, I woke up still in Los Mochis, but anxious to embark on our adventures of the day. The next stop was Mazatlan, situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, across from the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Miguel and I were only planning to stay there long…

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