The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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What does the mongoose represent?

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When the mongoose first appears in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , Diaz includes a footnote that says "the Mongoose has proven itself to be an enemy of kingly chariots, chains, and hierarchies. Believed to be an ally of Man. Many Watchers suspect that the Mongoose arrived to our world from another, but to date no evidence of such a migration has been unearthed" (Diaz, 151). There are many possible "kingly chariots, chains, and hierarchies" in the lives of the characters in the book, and the mongoose seems to...

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