The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Analysis

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Juan Diego Robalino Professor Bajorek ENC 1102 Sec 028 2 Dec. 2017 Manly Man: Illustration of Father Absence During Adolescence in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao it shows us the Daily life of a Dominican American family and the wonderful ability of people to persevere and fight for a happy life. Oscar is an overweight guy who is trying to find the love of his life, and from a young age is hard for him to find love. Without growing with a father figure, he lacks a lot of those basic “Don Juan” skills that every Dominican guy has. Oscar’s biggest fear is that he will die a virgin. After trying to commit suicide two times Oscar moves to the Dominican Republic and falls in love with Ybon. After seeing each other several times Ybon’s boyfriend gets jealous of Oscar and he beats Oscar into a coma. After healing from the coma in the United States, he goes back to the Dominican Republic and eventually he has sex with Ybon. Ybon’s boyfriend kidnaps Oscar and takes him to the sugarcane fields and kills him. Showing how Oscar grows up without a father figure. Junot Diaz’s use of paternal absence serves as a means to show how important is a father figure during adolescence. Katherine Weese’s article, “Tu no Eres Nada de Dominicano: Unnatural Narration and De-Naturalizing Gender Constructs in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” examines the certain relationship between the novel’s exploration of the construction of Dominican masculinity and the unusual features of the novel’s narrative voice. By analyzing fragments from the original book “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” Weese shows the flaws and empty spaces an absent paternal figure can cause. Also sho... ... middle of paper ... ... be present during adolescence otherwise can cause long-term damage. The lack of a father figure at home definitely affects children’s social skills if absent during adolescence. Works Cited Díaz, Junot, 1968-. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. New York: Riverhead Books, 2007. Print. Beaty, Lee A. “Effects of Paternal Absence on Male Adolescents’ Peer Relations and Self_Image” Adolescence, vol. 30, no. 120, Winter95, p. 873. EBSCOhost, db25.linccweb.org/login url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=9512143500&site=ehost-live&scope=site WEESR, KHATHERINE. “Tu no Eres Nada de Dominicano”: Unnatural Narration and De-Naturalizing Gender Consruction in Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. “Journal Of Men’s Studies 22, no.2 (Spring2014 2014): 89-104. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed November 30, 2017)
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