Analysis Of The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao Essay examples

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In Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a dooming curse known as fukú influences the lives of a Dominican family. Throughout the novel, Oscar de Leon’s family history and the origin of the curse in his lineage are explained. The story, though, focusses on Oscar, who struggles with his appearance, social skills, and his relentless desire to find love. Generations after Abelard Cabral – the first in the family to fall victim to fukú – Oscar blames fukú for his misfortunes which transforms the original, political nature of the fukú into a modern-day, supernatural consolation.
Diaz opens the novel with both a historical and an eerie supernatural background of fukú that allows the reader to read the narrative with the curse in mind while still creating an openness to the possible effect the fukú has on the characters. Fukú americanus – popularly known as fukú throughout the novel – is introduced as the “curse of the Admiral” (1-2) that developed in the Dominican Republic, but reigns over everyone regardless of geography. Dictator Rafael Trujillo was fukú in every essence because “no one knows whether [he] was the Curse’s servant or its master, its agent or its principal, but it was clear he and it had an understanding, that them two was tight” (2-3). Furthermore, it was popular knowledge that the one who killed Trujillo would suffer the most dreadful of fukús; even talking poorly about Trujillo would bring a fukú upon you (3). Diaz emphasizes the mysterious powers…

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