The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Considering Belicia's experiences in the Dominican Republic why does she treat Lola the way she does in The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao?

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A first lesson in the fragility of love and the preternatural cowardice of men. And out of this disillusionment and turmoil sprang Beli's first adult oath, one that would follow her into adulthood, to the States and beyond. I will not serve.  Never again would she follow any lead other than her own. Not the rector's, not the nuns', not La Inca's, not her poor dead parents'. Only me, she whispered. Me.

Beli has been conditioned to treat women the way she has been treated: selfishly, possessively, willfully.  She is a victim of the sexism of a...

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