The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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I need to write an argumentative essay on what Junot Diaz was trying to convey about the human experience. Some of the options are: Love, mother-daughter relationships, ethnic identity, effect of...

I need to write an argumentative essay on what Junot Diaz was trying to convey about the human experience.

Some of the options are: Love, mother-daughter relationships, ethnic identity, effect of male dominance on women, and unleashed dictatorship.

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a 2007 novel written by Dominican-American author Junot Díaz.

The fictional narrative is a tour de force in the exploration of gender roles and the idea of hypermasculinity, specifically through the characters of Oscar and Yunior, who are foils of each other.

Oscar does not embody hypermasculine traits. He is overweight, unattractive, and nerdy. He prefers to spend his time lost in science fiction. His biggest obsession is falling in love, and his biggest fear is that he will die a virgin. Oscar is a sympathetic character and the reader finds himself or herself rooting for Oscar.

On the other hand, Yunior is described as an attractive, strong athlete who has no trouble hooking up with women. He is, however, unable to truly love women at the start of the narrative. He is the quintessential manifestation of the hypermasculine male. He does not love women because he objectifies them and values them only for the physical gratification of sex, and the...

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