The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Many of the characters try to teach Oscar many things, especially Yunior, who tries to teach him how to lose weight, and many other things. How much does Oscar actually learn from Yunior at the end?...

Many of the characters try to teach Oscar many things, especially Yunior, who tries to teach him how to lose weight, and many other things. How much does Oscar actually learn from Yunior at the end? What does Oscar teach Yunior and the other characters?

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Throughout the text, Yunior tries to teach Oscar everything from how to eat properly to how to get women. Most of what he teaches does not stick, but the lesson that takes root in Oscar's mind is the comment that Yunior makes while trying to teach Oscar how to get women. Yunior tells Oscar that Dominican men are renowned for their sexual prowess. This comment sticks with Oscar and shapes his actions throughout the rest of the story. He develops a fear of dying as a virgin and redoubles his efforts to find a girlfriend. Unfortunately, the rest of Yunior's lessons do not stay with Oscar, so he struggles until he meets Ybon, a sex worker who lives in the Dominican Republic.

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In Juno Diaz's novel, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Oscar, the story's protagonist , teaches the novel's main narrator, Yunior, as well as many of the other characters, important lessons about life and love. Yunior, especially, benefits from Oscar's example of demonstrating that real love exists beyond just...

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