Infatuation And Adolescence In Oscar Casares's 'Yolanda'

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Oscar Casares’ “Yolanda” is a short escapist story that exemplifies the correlation between infatuation and adolescence. Oscar Casares is now full-fledged and married, yet he cannot help but to think back to a particular childhood memory. At the innocent age of twelve, Oscar meets his new neighbors Frank, an aggressive and insensitive man, and Yolanda, a beautiful, but deceitful woman. After going through very few encounters with Frank, such as a rude introduction and been sprayed by a water hose, Oscar has a very revolting feeling towards him. This feeling continues to build up as he hears the belligerent yells next door between the misleading couple from his bedroom window. Some days later, the boy becomes ill with chicken pox and soon receives…show more content…
The days still went on, and the excessive late-night fights persisted. A distant scream and the slam of a back door was all it took for Yolanda to come eagerly knocking at Oscars window. He tells of her holding him tightly, how he so badly wanted to turn around and how he regrets not doing so. Soon after, Casares is aware of the many faithless things Yolanda had done, but that could not overpower his perception of her. It was this memory that kept him up on these late nights. The central idea of this story is that cowardly missed opportunity as a child may cause future curiosity and remorse. Meaning that after all these years, Oscar still is approached with the “what if…” statements that go through his head, even if he considers the unpleasant…show more content…
Without him, there would be no story. Oscar portrays complexity and personality, making him a round character. From beginning to end, the author spends much time telling how certain situations make him feel, as well as how he feels about particular characters in the story. He is not monotonous; he is full of expression and sentiment. Although Oscar is a round character, he remains quite static throughout the story. This is most likely caused by the length of the story. Oscar is a sensitive, connected, young boy, and through all the outlooks he faces, his genuine personality does not change. Casares’ presentation is very indirect. The story never frankly states anything about him; rather, the reader must break the story down to truly understand this character. Oscar’s character exposition is revealed by what the narrator says. What the narrator says in this story is what the young boy thinks. This type of exposition brings out his true personality by knowing his every honest thought and desire. During the part of the story that Yolanda is at Oscar’s house because he was sick the narrator says, “She was prettier than any of them, but I never told her that, because I got embarrassed when I thought about saying it.” (Casares, 199) This quotation shows that without the inside thoughts of Oscar, the reader would not fully understand how Oscar felt towards Yolanda. One other major character in the story is Yolanda Castro.

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