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 in relation to some aspect of the human experience. Some of the options to write about are: Love, mother daughter...

I need to write an argumentative essay on what Junot Diaz was trying to convey in relation to some aspect of the human experience.

Some of the options to write about are: Love, mother daughter relationships, ethnic identity, effect of male dominance on women, and unleashed dictatorship. I need help with getting started, and developing a thesis. Can anyone help?

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One thing to write about would be that Junot Diaz was trying to convey that conflict in mother-daughter relationships comes from unrealized aspirations as well as the fear that the daughter will repeat her mother's mistakes.

Lola and Beli have a lot in common with each other. They're both beautiful, independent, wild, headstrong, and full of anger. They have features that attract them. This similarity is one thing that causes them to clash with each other. There are ways that Beli could use her past to connect to Lola but instead, she disregards and rejects her. Beli is also abusive to Lola and kills her daughter's sympathy and love for her.

Lola represents the mistakes that Beli made. When Beli was young, her beauty attracted men to her who hurt and abandoned her; this led to her being almost killed and later to having to raise children on her own. Beli can see the mistakes she made represented in the choices her daughter makes. Ultimately Beli even has to send Lola to La Inca to try to...

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