The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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What is/are the familial relationships in Oscar Wao?  

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In the novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, most of the familial relationships are explored through the fuku, the family curse, as well as the traumatic and polarizing moments surrounding each family member that go on to affect the other members of the family. In this answer, I would like to focus on the end of Oscar Wao and Yunior's hopes of involvement with Lola's daughter, Isis.

The backbone of Oscar Wao is the concept of the fuku, which claims the lives of nearly all of the Cabrals that try to fight the curse. Yunior, while not a blood relative of the Cabral family, moves his way into the history of the family by dating Lola on and off and rooming with and befriending Oscar. Yunior, who ends up teaching creative writing and becoming a writer himself, becomes the family historian—it is Yunior who keeps all of Oscar's manuscripts, eventually giving a manuscript to Lola after Oscar's death. Yunior, as a non-blood relative and an outsider to the fuku , hopes that, with his insertion of...

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