The Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

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The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


In the field of cane a Dominican Republic a young man (Oscar Wao) was brutally beaten to death by a band of vindictive hoodlums. This is the scene of the prize winning novel “The Wonders Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz, which is the reflection of assassination of the Mirabal sisters. Dictator Rafael Trujillo had Mirabal sisters killed who were three in count on a charge to overthrow the fascist government of Rafael Trujillo. (Cantera, 2009)

This prize winning novel basically revolves around a ghetto nerd Oscar Wao which logically represents various political uncertainties in Dominican Republic of Dictator Rafael Trujillo, without being political. The novel discussed about a curse “fuku” (a death curse). It was considered in Dominican Republic that those families of Dominican Republic who are against the Trujillo are being cursed. The fuku is being used as a motif to represent the family curse in order to represent how Trujillo's curse follows the Dominican families throughout their life even after their migration from the land. The research paper will attempt to answer how Rafael Trujillo's dictatorship and fuku were working together and affected Oscar Wao's life and family. In order to explain how Trujillo's autocracy and fuku affected Oscar Wao this paper will firstly summarize the novel, so that the conclusion can be drawn to answer the research question.

Junot Diaz

The language used in The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is undoubtedly the most powerful and distinctive work of Junot Diaz. It is not merely the language of a Hispanic author who writes in English interspersed with occasional words and phrases in Spanish, it is much more. It is a new language that expresses a new lifestyle. If the U.S. is ground zero of the struggle between English and Spanish, Junot Diaz opens a window to a world beyond the confrontation, where whites and Hispanics have created something lively and different. The writer, an intellectual omnivore clear language has become the literary spokesman of an emerging reality and full of unknown possibilities probably have been awarded the Pulitzer and National Book Critics Circle. (Saricks, pp. 100)

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao has some problems, the difficulty of narrative structure, the excessive length of notes, the role of the principal narrator, Yunior apparent alter ego of Junot Diaz, which appeared in The Boys, but novel faces, especially, the pitfall of the translation.

Research Question

How the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and fuku affect the life of Oscar Wao and his family?

Summary of the Novel

To narrate the life of Oscar de León, ironically renamed by a friend as Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz tells the story of his family and his country. Present and past in the novel run parallel through the extensive notes in a footnote on Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, "Our Dictator Once and For Always", who ruled the Dominican Republic between 1930 and 1961. The dictator's violent and graphic projected on the page as the shadow of the fictional text. As Oscar was born in ...
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