The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Study Guide

Junot Díaz

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the-brief-wondrous-life-of-oscar-wao-junot-diazLola, Chapter 2ts never the changes we want that change everything.Sources: The Guardian, Independent, MacArthur FoundationCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Cultural IdentityAs immigrants, many characters feel cut off from all culture.Mother-Daughter RelationshipsRebellious natures cause mothers and daughters to clash.Unrequited LoveDisappointment in relationships is passed on through the family.ThemesIntelligent scholar and grandfather of Oscar and Lola; falls victim to a dictators tyrannyAbelard CabralLola and Oscars stubborn, strict mother; suffers because of her fathers mistakesBelicia de LeónOscars smart, caring, rebellious sister; comes to understand her motherLola de LeónSensitive book lover; tragic hero who cannot find a place in any cultureOscar de LeónMain CharactersDíaz was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to New Jersey as a young boy. His experience growing up in a rough neighborhood led him to his library, where he fell in love with books. Oscar Wao is known for its distinctive style that incorporates Spanish and for its semiautobiographical narrator.JUNOT DÍAZBORN 1968AuthorOscars recklessness and stubbornness in love cause his tragic downfall.Part ThreeThe family curse starts with Oscars grandfather in the Dominican Republic and follows them to New Jersey.Part TwoA Dominican American, Oscar suffers heartbreak and alienation like his mother.Part OneThe sensitive, science fiction–loving Oscar de León can’t understand why he is doomed when it comes to love. An investigation of his Dominican familys years of bad luck reveals how superstition can help explain the way love gets people involved in political history and heartbreak.The Journey of a Family CurseOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language2007Year PublishedJunot DíazAuthorThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoFictionNovel

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