The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Waoattacks the assumption that American identity, or any national or personal identity, is uniform. What other assumptions do you think the novel attacks? Why would it...

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao attacks the assumption that American identity, or any national or personal identity, is uniform. What other assumptions do you think the novel attacks? Why would it be important for Diaz to unravel these assumptions?

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Within the large umbrella category of identity, Junot Diaz addresses elements of race, nationality, place of residence, gender, age and generation, and disability, among others. The author shows how different combinations of factors work together to shape an individual’s experience but cannot fully account for their personality or their life trajectory. The experiences of many Dominicans in their US neighborhoods, as well as the political repression and economic deprivation they fled back home, shaped their possible futures. The specific way that any one person handles these burdens is represented by the physical weight that afflicts the character of Oscar. As other characters positively interact with him, however,...

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