The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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In The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, why does Yunior leave the three words blank twice towards the end of the novel?

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In the final pages of Juno Diaz's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Yunior, the story's main narrator, uses dashes instead of words in places to complete his sentences. As if not knowing the answers himself to his own musings, Yunior communicates the unknowable quality and ineffable potential of individual human experience. Twice, when recalling what was not to be with Lola, language is not available for Yunior:

...and I’d finally try to say the words that would save us. ____ ____ ___

and, when considering Lola's daughter:

Could have been my daughter if I'd been...

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Yunior leaves the 3 words blank as a constant symbol of the blank pages throughout the novel.  The blank pages represent the dehumanization that Trejillo implemented as part of his dictatorship.  If Trejillo didn't want someone around, he would make sure that he erased everything from their lives: their physical belongings and their own family.  Yunior was at a loss of words which is represented by those pages.

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