Analysis Of The Brief And Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

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Although both novels recognize domestic violence to be culturally embedded, Kindred takes a stronger position against structural misogyny because in The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the tone suggests a more passive viewpoint towards domestic violence. A reoccurring them in the novel of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is sex which is viewed as a rite of passage. Sex is extremely apparent in the book which shows the importance it has within the Dominican culture. According to the narrator Yunior, sex is tremendously engrained in the Dominican culture so much that accordingly to legend “No Dominican has died a virgin” (??). Since sex is culturally embedded into their lives, Oscar is considered an outcast compared to the more stereotypical, machismo, misogynistic men. Oscar’s life was driven by sex, women, and the occasional science fiction novel. Oscar’s drive to be romantically involved with women increased his loneliness and suffering as he could not obtain his strong sexual desire. The contrast between Oscar’s intense drive for love and inclusive, actually separates himself more from the Dominican cultural norm. Although, sex is a common theme between the two books, there is a strong contrast between the light, almost comical everyday tone of sex in The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the dark, secretive and violent tone of sex in Kindred. Sex in Kindred is far from the fun pleasure of sex in the Dominican world. Due to the culture normality for relationships in the early 19th century, sex is secretive, often violent and has a negative connotation. A clear example of the violent nature of sex in Kindred, is Rufus raping Alice repeatedly and ultimately doing anything to maintain his pleasure of raping... ... middle of paper ... ...ersonality and energy as a young woman, however, once her relationship with the Gangster begins to flourish, more harm is done than good. She is gossiped about throughout the community, loses her relationship with La Inca, and becomes pregnant with Gangsters baby. As did Dana, Beli lost much of her personality and love after the harsh violent attacks from Gangsters henchmen. Both of these downfalls are contributed bit by bit by the men involved. The violence shown is the main cause of their emotional and mental downfall. As a result of both books being a representation of domestic violence within their cultures, the authors use their heritage and culture to speak to one another. In contrast, their tone of sex differentiates the perspective from their specific gender and their culture/time period. Violence is shown throughout both books as an acceptable way of life.

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