The Brief Fascinating Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
“… they would sense him waiting for them on the other side and over there he wouldn’t be no fatboy or dork or kid no lady had actually ever loved; over there he ‘d be a hero, an avenger. Due to the fact that anything you can dream (he put his hand up) you can be.”– Junot Diaz, “The Quick Marvelous Life of Oscar Wao” The above passage is very important in understanding “The Quick Marvelous Life of Oscar Wao,” because throughout Oscar’s life, he was an outcast, but towards completion of the unique Oscar finally defends what he thinks in. Oscar was fascinated with sci-fi books and anything resembling a superhero in the materials he read daily.
As much as Oscar muddled through his life and never ever resembled anything near a superhero it is fascinating that he had the ability to find it within himself to lastly butter up the guts to attack his dream. The line, “they would sense him waiting on them on the other side and over there he would not be no fatboy or dork or kid no girl had actually ever enjoyed; over there he ‘d be a hero, an avenger” (Diaz 321) represents Oscar’s life after death where Oscar would no longer be viewed as simply the dork from New Jersey, however he would be considered a hero for dominating his worries.
The irony behind this passage is that it took Oscar a great part of his life prior to he recognized to have what you want you need to pursue it, even if that suggests passing away in the process. As long as it considered Oscar to achieve his goal of falling in love and having sexual intercourse, he has to be commended for attaining this goal no matter what the cost. That is why the book is titled “The Quick Fascinating Life of Oscar Wao” since although quick, his life did end up being wondrous in the short time he was alive.
Throughout the novel, Yunior attempts to help Oscar but starts to lose persistence with Oscar’s hesitation to reform to his advice about women and fitting in with society. Oscar goes through the unique seemingly falling in love with women and after that entering into deep anxiety when these particular females discard him. Oscar then resorts to thinking suicide may be the very best option for his life.
Yunior then ends up being upset with Oscar as he mentions, “Dude had actually been waiting his entire life for something similar to this to take place to him, had actually always wished to live in a world of magic and mystery, however instead of taking note of the vision and changing his ways, the fuck simply shook his swollen head” (Diaz 190). In this statement Yunior is disappointed that Oscar was resulting to suicide as his only option. Yunior began to love Oscar almost like a brother and he feels that Oscar is letting the fuku conquer him.
As a result, through Oscar’s trouble attaining what he wants in life Yunior begins to think that Oscar is somewhat of a lost cause. Yunior begins to lose respect for Oscar. However, towards completion of the unique Yunior begins to learn that through much of his time trying to teach Oscar something, he in fact discovered more from Oscar than he at first realized. Yunior starts to understand just how much Oscar taught him when he checks out Oscar’s final letter. The letter mentioned, “This [the 2nd package] contains everything I have actually composed on this journey.
Whatever I think you will need. You’ll comprehend when you read my conclusions. (It’s the cure to what ails us, he doodled in the margins. The Cosmo DNA)” (Diaz 333). This specific manuscript that Oscar worked on took him 27 days before it was ruined. “The remedy to what ails us” symbolizes Oscar’s mysterious service for curing the fuku that hangs over the family like a black cloud. However, considering that the manuscript is never ever seen the cure stays a mystery. After checking out Oscar’s letter Yunior begins to realize that there might have been more to Oscar than meets the eye.
Yunior presumes that Oscar’s main objective was to finally see Ybon one last time in spite of the cost. Although hard for Yunior to admit, he pertains to the conclusion that he discovered more from Oscar than Oscar learned from him. Ironically, when they were young Yunior would make fun of Oscar for reading and composing continuously. Then we find out at the end of the book that Yunior becomes a writing teacher at a neighborhood college. As much as this book was about Oscar finding out to enjoy it was likewise about Yunior trying to recognize what is crucial for his life as well.
He missed opportunity after opportunity with Oscar’s sis, Lola. Lola eventually ends things with Yunior and gets married to a various guy she fulfills in Miami. This shows that love is among the primary themes in the novel, varying between characters. Nevertheless, Yunior keeps living his life but comes to accept that Oscar and Lola have moved on in one way or another. Oscar waited his whole life for the one he truly liked, as Yunior gains insight he understands this was a lot more exceptional than messing around with every girl he used to see.
Towards the end of the novel Yunior states, “Behold the lady: the beautiful muchachita: Lola’s child. Dark and blindingly fast: in her great-grandmother La Inca’s words: una jurona. Might have been my child if I ‘d been wise, if I ‘d been—” (Diaz 329). The blank at the end of this passage speaks volumes. The blank signifies Yunior’s regrets for what his life might have been if he would have stuck with Lola. As much as this book is about Oscar discovering himself, it’s also about Yunior finding out that in some cases the instructor learns as much from the student as the student learns from the teacher.
In this particular case Yunior would look like the instructor as he attempts to advise Oscar throughout the book. Nevertheless, in the end Oscar’s death proved to be a lot more of a teaching point since of what it signified in regards to love. Oscar died for love, but Yunior never ever actually truly enjoyed anyone until it was far too late. Perhaps the significance of the first passage, “they would notice him awaiting them on the other side and over there he would not be no fatboy or dork or kid no woman had ever enjoyed; over there he ‘d be a hero, an avenger.
Since anything you can dream (he put his hand up) you can be” is not about accomplishing the goal, however simply dreaming to attain the goal. When a dream to make love, Oscar accomplished that goal. Yunior never relinquished any dreams which could be why he ended up the novel still out of love working a task he never saw coming. At the very end of the novel Oscar states, “So this is what everyone’s constantly discussing! Diablo! If only I ‘d known. The beauty! The charm!” (Diaz 335).
This quote represents the old saying that “anything worth awaiting is worth having. Oscar might not seem to get it right with the opposite sex his entire life until one day he put it upon himself to make it take place. As much as this book is about undying love, it’s likewise about the patience and perseverance to keep going until dreams are made reality. The fuku was apparently a curse, however in the end it didn’t matter due to the fact that Oscar avenged that curse by opting for what he genuinely wanted. “The appeal! The charm!” Oscar screamed. In his last letter it appeared that Oscar had actually discovered true joy in the form of love and sexual conquest with Ybon, what he had desired his entire life, a dream become a reality.