The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Where is Fuku shown in the novel, and how does it affect Oscar? do you think that fuku is the reason oscar is so hesitant with love? if so why

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According to Yunior, the narrator of much of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the whole story itself is an account of fuku, the curse that has plagued the De Leon and Cabral families for so many years. In telling the story, Yunior believes that he is invoking the power of zafa, a supernatural force that is somehow meant to ward off the destructive counterforce of fuku.

The concept of fuku, or to give it its full name, fuku americanus, is intimately linked not just to misfortune in general but specifically to misfortune that leads to violence. It is apparently a traditional element in Dominican folklore , one that conveys a sense of fatalism among those who fall under its unbreakable spell. Throughout the story, this supernatural understanding of cosmic fate manifests itself not just in relation to the heritage of violence bequeathed by the Trujillo regime but in...

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Fuku has something to do with Oscar's love life because Fuku is a curse within his family...(I didn't get to far in the book)

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