The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Study Guide

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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao | Part 3, Preface | Summary

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Summary

Oscar pays Yunior a visit and tells him he is going back to work as a teacher at Don Bosco High School. Yunior notes that Oscar looks like he is at peace with himself, as though "he'd finally decided to live." Oscar asks Yunior if he can borrow money for a deposit on an apartment in Brooklyn, and Yunior gives it to him. Oscar thanks him and leaves, telling Yunior he has a date. By Saturday Oscar is gone.

Analysis

Although the novel focuses on Oscar and his family, the ongoing off-and-on relationship between Yunior and Lola is a constant backdrop, and the main explanation for why Yunior knows so much about Oscar's family and is so fascinated by their story. Yunior and Lola's relationship also seems doomed because of Yunior's cheating and dishonesty, something he seems to be aware of and wistful about as he narrates from some point in the future. When Yunior sees Oscar for the first time after he returns from Santo Domingo, he is pleasantly surprised to see Oscar is doing well, having lost weight and writing again. His impression that Oscar is doing better leads him to feel good about giving him money to get an apartment, not realizing Oscar will use the money to return to Santo Domingo.

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