Oscar Parts of a Story Oscar, the protagonist in the novel, is often referred to as a ghetto nerd, which describes him exactly. Oscar constantly writes to Ybon even though she ignores his attempts or so it says she does. These two qualities make her painfully difficult for her mother, who must support the family alone. This was the way they show their masculinity, and followed Oscar Wao from his homeland in the Dominican Republic to Patterson, New Jersey where he was raised. In addition, over all, there are very few events that are interesting or eye catching, and most of the time the book was a bore, and made it hard to enjoy it and continue reading.
They'll be pretty darn far away from each other next year, it looks like. His only real motive to live is writing science fiction novels and eating. I finally kissed a girl. Oscar was so worried about what other people thought of him and trying to live up to is Dominican culture that he ended up taking another beating and losing his life. He even as an adult is unable to escape the Dominican masculinity that has been expected of him. The book skips around from character to character which is understandably irritating for someone who gets confused easily.
He stops writing and completely secludes himself once again. Forgive me, historians of popular dance, forgive me 132! But at least he's proud of himself. These are the same men who killed Oscar's mother's Beli's baby. When he returned to Santo Domingo showing massive amounts of courage, proving to everyone that he was Dominican, he had fallen in love and would do anything for her love. Oscar displayed many warning signs of depression leading up to this point, his constant up and down weight, not caring about this appearance, lack of social motivation, and the feeling of worthlessness.
He didn't do any better in college either, and although he was incredibly intelligent he never so much as made a single true friend, he was surrounded by lame kids who would exclude or hurt him emotionally. It is funny, street-smart and keenly observed, and it unfolds from a comic portrait of a second-generation Dominican geek into a harrowing meditation on public and private history and the burdens of familial history. It's hard for Oscar to be around them, knowing they don't take him seriously. It all depends on who is writing the story and what kind of story it is. There are also no quotation marks around dialogue which also makes this book very difficult to read.
This is a real vacation for our man Oscar. Person Vs Person Towards the end of the novel Oscar is attacked by two former hitmen whom used to work with Trujillo. Ybon: Ybon is a young prostitute who doesn't exactly care for Oscar. Díaz writes about the Trujillo era of the Dominican Republic with the same authority he writes about contemporary New Jersey, the slangy, kinetic energy of his prose proving to be a remarkably effective tool for capturing the absurdities of the human condition, be they the true horrors of living in a dictatorship that can erase a person or a family on a whim, or the self-indulgent difficulties of being a college student coping with issues of weight and self-esteem. Any chance he had to kiss or flirt with a girl he would take even when all other boys his age avoided girls.
It is easy to see why he often goes into deep depressions where he develops reclusive tendencies. He sprouted pimples, and gained a lot of weight, and became a shut in due to his lack of confidence about his image. It illustrates Oscar's many troubles regarding his social status, along with his family's experiences in the Dominican Republic. Oscar was born in New Jersey and is a Dominican male, because of this fact there are many things that are expected of him. He's been in the Army. Beli, the mother of both Oscar and Lola, is by far the strongest and most resilient character in the entire novel. Oscar does not have any friends aside from his sister and later in the story, Yunior.
Level 2: Compare Oscar and Lola. Lola is Oscar's sister and perhaps his best friend. He overindulged becoming intoxicated and attempts to commit suicide; he felt this was the only option and that his life was no longer worth living. The next chapter of Oscar's life was one of constant shame and despair. In the end we find out through a letter from Oscar that they were involved in a secret relationship that neither had spoken of before. The theme of the book is the fact that we are all born differently and by that, so are our goals, dreams, and mind sets.
Finally proving to everyone that he could be that Dominican man that everyone including himself wanted him to be so badly. Oscar falls madly in love with Ybon and goes to Dominican Republic also. Having the constant feeling of shame, personal un-fulfillment, and self-loathing will cause anyone to slip into a depressive state. All through high school this was his life, he continuously gained weight, which was also a leading factor in his depression. How to reflect: pointers 1: Remember and take notes throughout the discussion 2: Type your reflection in segments, try to go in an order and don't jump around from idea to idea. Level 3: Explain how the theme of obeying one's parents is portrayed in the text, discussing specific events as examples. Oscar and Ybon had a relationship going on that others didnt know of.
They don't makeout or have sex. During his early years elementary school Oscar was in his prime, he was perhaps the most popular kid at his school and he successfully had two girlfriends at once for a while. In The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz tells the story of a family of Dominican immigrants, focusing primarily on the life of Oscar de León, a descendant of the diaspora that directly experienced the horrors of the Trujillo regime of the mid 20th century. He had become an over weight freak, and women simply were no longer attracted to him. The start of Oscar Waos life was just as any other Dominican boy, he was something of a little pimp, which was encouraged by friends and family.
She even talks to Oscar about having sex with him, which is kind of cruel, in our opinion. He puts the pistol in his pants and waits outside Manny's apartment building. Diaz, 305 He was so happy to have finally been able to feel the touch of a woman even though it almost cost him his life. Even the negative things because that is what a reflection is. It took a couple good beatings and the lost of his life in order for him to prove to everyone that he could be Dominican man that everyone expected of him; the norms of masculinity in his culture are essentially what killed Oscar.