The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

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Why does Yunior narrate the story about the Cabrals? What investment does he have in it? Silence dominates the novel; what are his silences? On page 172 he seems to understand Elvish, though he...

Why does Yunior narrate the story about the Cabrals? What investment does he have in it? Silence dominates the novel; what are his silences?

On page 172 he seems to understand Elvish, though he never admits his own nerdiness. He speaks about not getting much affection growing up; this obviously relates to how he treats women, but why does Diaz make him the narrator if he withholds so much about himself? To me, he seems like a foil and in other ways is similar to Oscar.

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In Juno Diaz's novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Yunior narrates the story about the Cabrals to both illustrate the idea that a single perspective for any story is flawed by definition and to represent the necessity of "speaking truth to power." Junot Diaz, in a 2008 interview for Slate magazine (see link below), addresses directly the "danger" in allowing a lone voice to determine a narrative's, whether historical or fiction, definitive trajectory:

we all dream that there’s an authoritative voice out there that will explain things, including ourselves. If it wasn’t for our longing for these things, I doubt the novel or the short story would exist in its current form.

Yunior, who embodies the desire to be seen as a powerful hyper-sexual male in the Dominican tradition, while at the same time harboring contradictions, such as his obvious though intentionally suppressed "nerdy" tendencies that threaten this tradition, is an example of this danger. Expressing his disgust with...

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