The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Is the novel The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Waoreally about Oscar Was? If so, what evidence can you cite from the novel to support your answer? If not, what do you think the novel is about, and what...

Is the novel The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao really about Oscar Was? If so, what evidence can you cite from the novel to support your answer? If not, what do you think the novel is about, and what evidence can you cite from the novel to support your answer?

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao can be interpreted as a straightforward novel with a plot and character development, or it can be seen through the lens of different fictional genres, primarily satire and the picaresque novel, and it can be regarded as an allegory of colonialism. In examining how the book works as a novel, one can consider it to be primarily about Oscar. Another possibility is to look at him as a subject but not the protagonist. Because Oscar has passed away and the story is presented largely through Yunior’s eyes, we can regard Yunior as the protagonist. In that case, the reader would be prompted to question the reasons that Yunior emphasizes particular features about his friend’s “brief” life and why he considers it “wondrous.”

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