Literature Across Culture 1 EL 3500 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Analytical Essay Debbie Longo
Literature as always remains as society's personal history lesson. As time unravels and generations become smarter, more diverse and more inquisitive to the mysteries of life, this fact becomes increasingly evident. The works of Junot Diaz has proven to be a part of this history lesson. More specifically, Junot Diaz's, very first novel, 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' does just that by highlighting the cultural differences among people who are in actuality quite similar in many ways. Because of Diaz’s comparison between the life of an immigrant in the Dominican Republic and the United States, he ensures that through Yunior’s narrative, the audience has the ability to not only visualize his story, but ensures that they understand the need to belong all while enduring political mishaps taking place in his country. The disposition of Oscar also outlines the thought that just as each individual holds attributes that are both positive and negative, the ultimate goal should be for an individual to grow and evolve regardless of their homeland. Similarly, a nation too holds an evolving character with strengths and weaknesses. Diaz reminds the audience of this truth by speaking through social and political situations which arise in any culture.
The term ‘Diaspora’ refers to the mass “dispersion of any people from their traditional homeland” (Dictionary). In Junot Diaz’s, ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’, the general theme is individuality in a nation. The narrator connects with the audience by conveying his diversity in both the American culture as well as his own. He shares his point of view of Oscar using “Ebonics” and Spanish for emphasis, “Our hero was not one of those Dominican cats everybody’s always going on about - he wasn’t no home-run hitter or a fly bachatero, not a playboy with a million hots on his jock” (Diaz 1)....