The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Study Guide

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Characters

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Oscar de León Oscar de León is the unlikely hero of the novel. He is overweight, shy, and has bad luck with girls. Read More
Lola de León Lola de León is Oscar's protective, older sister. She is smart, restless, and rebellious and has an off-and-on relationship with the narrator Yunior. Read More
Belicia de León Belicia de León is Oscar and Lola's mother who has lived a difficult life. She is strong-willed and stubborn. Read More
Yunior Yunior is the main narrator of the novel, who becomes invested in telling Oscar's story because of his off-and-on relationship with Lola. Read More
Abelard Cabral Abelard Cabral is Belicia's father and Oscar and Lola's grandfather. A well-off scholar, he is ultimately imprisoned and tortured by Trujillo. Read More
La Inca La Inca is Belicia's long-lost aunt who rescues her from an abusive foster family. She cares deeply about Belicia, Oscar, and Lola. Read More
Lydia Abenader Lydia Abenader is Abelard's mistress, who tries to convince him to flee to Cuba with their daughter.
Al Al is one of Oscar's only friends in high school.
Aldo Aldo is Lola's high-school boyfriend; she runs away to live with him.
Marco Antonio Marco Antonio is the cook at the restaurant where Belicia waitresses.
Arquimedes Arquimedes is one of Belicia's boyfriends in Baní. He is a student and intellectual who is terrified of the Trujillo regime.
Awilda Awilda is a girl with whom Yunior cheats on his girlfriend, Suriyan.
Balaguer Balaguer ruled the Dominican Republic for three decades after Trujillo's death and was nicknamed "The Election Thief." He was a violent ruler, who utilized death squads against his opponents.
Benny Benny is one of Belicia's coworkers at the restaurant where she waitresses.
Felix Wenceslao Bernardino Felix Wenceslao Bernardino is one of Trujillo's agents in the Secret Police.
Rebecca Brito Rebecca Brito is Jack Pujols's fiancée; he cheats on her with Belicia.
Astrid Cabral Astrid Cabral is Abelard and Socorro's middle daughter. A stray bullet in church tragically kills her after she is separated from her sisters.
Jacqueline Cabral Jacqueline Cabral is Abelard and Socorro's eldest daughter, who is smart and grows up to be a great beauty. Abelard's determination to keep her away from Trujillo leads to their family's curse.
Socorro Cabral Socorro is Abelard's wife and the mother of Jacqueline, Astrid, and Belicia. She is the first of the Cabral/de León family to receive a vision of the Man Without a Face in a dream, a sign the family's curse is about to strike.
El Capitán El Capitán is Ybón's police chief boyfriend. He threatens Oscar and has his police officers beat him up and eventually kill him.
Karen Cepeda Karen Cepeda is a friend of Lola's in high school who stands out for her goth style.
Maritza Chacón Maritza Chacón is one of Oscar's first girlfriends. She gets involved in abusive relationships, leaving Oscar to believe he has cursed her.
Clives Clives is a taxi driver in Santo Domingo who becomes Oscar's protector. He rescues Oscar from the cane fields the first time he is beaten by the police officers.
Mari Colón Mari Colón is a neighbor of the de Leóns in Paterson, New Jersey.
Constantina Constantina is one of Belicia's coworkers at the restaurant where she waitresses.
Coach Cortés Coach Cortés is Lola's track coach in high school in Santo Domingo.
Dorca Dorca is the daughter of La Inca's cleaning woman, and Belicia's only friend in Baní.
La Fea La Fea is the Gangster's wife and the sister of Trujillo. When she finds out about the Gangster's affair with Belicia she has her abducted and beaten in the cane fields.
Jesus de Galíndez Jesus de Galíndez is a student at NYU who writes a dissertation criticizing Trujillo and mysteriously disappears.
The Gangster The Gangster is an older man who Belicia has an affair and falls in love with. He secretly works for Trujillo and is married to Trujillo's sister.
Johnny Abbes García Johnny Abbes García is the chief of Trujillo's Secret Police.
Gladys Gladys is one of Lola's high school friends in Paterson; she is cruel to Oscar.
Gorilla Grod Gorilla Grod is the name Oscar imagines for one of the Capitán's henchmen who assaults and kills Oscar.
Solomon Grundy Solomon Grundy is the name Oscar imagines for one of the Capitán's police officer henchmen who assaults and kills Oscar.
Isis Isis is Lola's daughter, whom Yunior imagines will come looking for him to figure out her family's story.
Leticia Leticia is one of Lola's friends in high school who defends Oscar to Lola's other friends.
Lillian Lillian is one of Belicia's coworkers at the restaurant where she waitresses.
Manny Manny is Ana Obregón's abusive ex-boyfriend with whom she reunites. Oscar waits outside his apartment building with a gun one night but doesn't do anything.
Marisol Marisol is one of Lola's friends in high school; she is cruel to Oscar.
Melvin Melvin is a friend of Yunior's.
Miggs Miggs is one of Oscar's few friends in high school.
María Teresa Mirabal María Teresa Mirabal is one of the Mirabal sisters who resisted Trujillo and was murdered.
Minerva Argentina Mirabal Minerva Argentina Mirabal is one of the Mirabal sisters who resisted Trujillo and was murdered.
Patria Mercedes Mirabal Patria Mercedes Mirabal is one of the Mirabal sisters who resisted Trujillo and was murdered.
María Montez María Montez was a famous Dominican actress; Belicia fantasizes about becoming like her.
Jenni Muñóz Jenni Muñóz is a girl whom Oscar falls in love with in college. They become friends, but she rejects his advances.
Nataly Nataly is one of Oscar's coworkers when he returns to Don Bosco High School as a teacher, and she is one of his only friends there.
Ana Obregón Ana Obregón is a girl in Oscar's SAT prep class whom he falls in love with; his feelings for her are unrequited, and she gets back with her abusive ex-boyfriend, Manny.
Pedro Pablo Pedro Pablo is Oscar's cousin in Santo Domingo.
Nelson Pardo Nelson Pardo is Oscar's grade school rival. Maritza breaks up with Oscar to be with Nelson.
Ybón Pimentel Ybón Pimentel is La Inca's prostitute neighbor whom Oscar falls in love with and loses his virginity to. Their relationship ultimately gets him killed, because her boyfriend is the captain of police.
Olga Polanco Olga Polanco is one of Oscar's first girlfriends. She grows to become overweight and ugly, leaving Oscar to believe he has cursed her.
Jack Pujols Jack Pujols is a handsome boy at Belicia's high school with whom she falls in love. Their affair is discovered, and it is revealed that he has a fiancée.
Marcus Applegate Román Marcus Applegate Román is Abelard's neighbor, in whom he confides. Marcus ultimately betrays Abelard to Trujillo and the Secret Police.
Rosío Rosío is Lola's closest friend in Santo Domingo.
Tía Rubelka Rubelka is Oscar and Lola's aunt.
Porfirio Rubirosa Porfirio Rubirosa was a famous Dominican ladies' man who sets the stereotypical ideal for a Dominican masculinity.
Tío Rudolfo Rudolfo is Oscar's uncle who has a lot of luck with women and struggles with drug addiction.
Max Sánchez Max Sánchez is a boy Lola dates in Santo Domingo who is killed in a motorcycle accident after they break up.
Suriyan Suriyan is one of Yunior's girlfriends; he is unfaithful to her.
José Then José Then is Belicia's boss at the Chinese restaurant where she waitresses.
Juan Then Juan Then is Belicia's boss at the Chinese restaurant where she waitresses. He comes to her rescue the first time she is kidnapped by La Fea's henchmen.
Rafael Trujillo Rafael Trujillo was a dictator of the Dominican Republic, which he ruled for over 30 years. Many citizens feared him, and dissenters were punished by torture and death.
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