The parenting role of Belicia in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

It is stated that “Children suffer the sins of their moms and dads.” In a more literal sense, many people believe that it is the moms and dads fault for any flaw possessed by the child, not actual “sin”. People blame the kid’s development whether bad or excellent on their parents, and instantly point a finger at the guardian of a child prior to blaming the kid themselves. Is it actually the moms and dads fault if a kid has a difficult training, and does it truly affect the kid as a whole? This point can be more explored in Junot Diaz’ work The Quick Marvelous Life of Oscar Wao. Diaz’ novel introduces us to an immigrated Dominican household living in Patterson, New Jersey. We are introduced to the De Leon household that includes Oscar, the obese geek yearning to suit, Lola, his defiant sister and Belicia, their immigrant mom who grew up in the Dominican Republic. All 3 characters deal with a lots of problems through there tales, and both Oscar and his sibling suffer from being singled out and different in contrast to their peers. The 2 castaways face an enormous quantity of sorrow in the book, but why? We question whether their mother, Belcia’s, upbringing, injury, and a possible fukú, or curse, has anything to do with it. Do these kids really suffer the “sins” of their parent?

In order to analyze this, we should first comprehend Belcia’s background and life pre-Oscar and Lola. Belicia was daughter to 2 effort moms and dads, Abelard Cabral, A medical professional and Socorro, her nurse mom. Her family lived throughout the Trujillo dictation in the Dominican Republic which happened February 1930 to Might 1961. Nicknamed El Jefe, or “In charge”, Rafael Trujillo was among the most harsh dictators seen in the Americans. Trujillo formed a time of character cult and bloodshed. He took anything he desired from anyone, and if there was any sign of regression, he made them spend for their disloyalty with blood. Trujillos guideline resulted in the deaths of over 50,000 individuals. Trujillo was popular for his sexual appetite, and when he desired a female, he took her; there was no saying no to Trujillo. This is where we see the failure of Belicias dad Abelard. Trying to safeguard one of his daughters from Trujillo and having to sleep with him, he blatantly lies to him about having an attractive offspring. When Trujillo invites the household to an event consisting of the daughter, and they do disappoint, Trujillo madly takes Abelard away to penalize him for his treason. He never ever returns home, and through additional disaster, Belicia loses both of her moms and dads and sister and is orphaned. It is at this point of Abelard’s misfortune that the Cabral household’s luck diminished. They believed that through Trujillo’s horror, a “Fukú” was placed on their household. A fukú is a misfortune curse. “They state it first came from Africa, carried in the screams of the enslaved; that it was the death bane of the Tainos, uttered simply as one world died and another started; that it was a satanic force drawn into Production through the nightmare door that was split open in the Antilles. Fukú americanus, or more informally, fukú– typically a curse or a doom of some kind; specifically the Curse and the Doom of the New World.” (1, Diaz) The Dominicans believed the fukú arrived to the Dominican Republic due to Trujillo. From this point on, Abelard’s blood line will suffer continuous bad luck. “Most of the folks you talk to choose the story with an extremely natural twist. They think that not only did Trujillo want Abelard’s daughter, however when he couldn’t snatch her, out of spite he put a fukú on the family’s ass. Which is why all the awful shit that took place happened.”(243, Diaz)

Knowing the adult background, we can now check out Belicia as an individual and as a parent. Belicia, still residing in the Dominican Republic, was adopted by her auntie La Inca after huge abuse from her prior foster moms and dads. It is throughout her time with La Inca that Belli faces the changes and pressure of maturing as a young girl in her nation. Belicia deals with misfortune maturing. In school she is avoided by her peers, undetected and friendless; her first injury relevant to the fukú. As soon as hitting adolescence, Belli gains enough confidence in her physical look to crawl out of her shell and approach the one kid she daydreamed over, Jack Pujols. Jack ended up being boy to a colonel for the totalitarian, involving Belli in a mess of her own. After they are captured having sex in school, she declines to return back; Her second trauma appropriate to the fukú. Lastly, the harshest injury Belicia faces which winds up having her erupted from the Dominican Republic is when she fulfills “The Gangster.” The Gangster becomes one of Bellis love interests in her later years, and after a yo-yo romance with him, she later learns after getting pregnant with his child that he is married to Trujillo’s sis. After word of the pregnancy goes out, the sister sends out minions after Belli where they snatch her, beat her nearly to death in a walking cane field, and kill her coming child. It is after this entire injury that La Inca sends out Belli to American for her own safety. Belli dealt with absolutely nothing however trauma her whole life, from her early youth to her young person life. She and her household believed that all of this was because of the fukú curse put on her daddy. “There are still many, on and off the Island, who offer Beli’s near-fatal whipping as irrefutable proof that your home of Cabral was undoubtedly victim of a top-level fukú, the local variation of Home Atreus. Two Truji-líos in one life time– what in carajo [the fuck] else could it be? But other heads question that reasoning, arguing that Beli’s survival should be proof to the contrary. Cursed people, after all, tend not to drag themselves out of walking cane fields with a frightening roster of injuries and after that happen to be picked up by a van of sympathetic artists in the middle of the night who shuttle them home without hold-up to a “mother” with mad connections in the medical community. If these serendipities symbolize anything, state these heads, it is that our Beli was blessed.” (152, Diaz) The bad luck Belli faced was not just misfortunate, however it likewise almost resulted in her death early on in life. After her migration, she birthed her two children Oscar and Lola. Her relationship with the 2 children is exceptionally mentally sporadic and can come across practically too difficult and unloving. Due to the traumas she dealt with triggered by the fukú, she has a difficult time developing a regular relationship with her children, and an even harder time assisting them conquer their own concerns. Belli’s misfortune didn’t end in the Dominican Republic either; she is likewise dealing with cancer. The injury she dealt with in her country essentially formed her character, and due to this, it has made it impossible for her to have a regular relationship with her kids.

Lola, Belicia’s oldest kid is a spunky and rebellious character. She is an unique and enthusiastic woman whom typically clashes with her mother. Lola and Beli have a conflicting relationship. We see them frequently butt heads throughout the book. “You dread discussions with your mom. Those one-sided dressing-downs. You figured that she needs to call you in to provide you another earful about your diet plan.” (52, Diaz) Lola’s relationship with her mom is toxic and incredibly judgmental from Beli’s end. She does not have a warm, serene relationship one would envision mom and child to have. Due to the constant argument and displeasure from Beli we see Lola rebel a lot. She handles the personality of a “punk chick” in which she gowns in all black and shaves her head. Molding her physical appearance to appeal as someone “various”, it puts her in the category of an outcast as well, resulting in her having a minimal amount of friends and irregular relationships with men. Her mother ends up being very dissatisfied in her, and lashes absolutely nothing but anger and displeasure towards Lola about her physical appearance and specific character. In a sense, Lola does it due to the fact that her mother hates it. Lola also escapes from home to Wildwood to live with a partner. It appears as if Lola’s actions are done deliberately to upset her mom. We see the scenario between the 2 clearly when at the dinner table Belicia reveals her cancer to her children. Instead of any sympathy, Lola literally blows off her mom’s statement and simply looks at her and says “Can you please pass the salt?” (63, Diaz) She than continues by saying “This time I hope you pass away from it.”(63, Diaz) Beli’s absence of love and attention towards her child drove Lola to act out. In acting out she was seeking any sort of attention she might from her mother, even if it was negative. It makes you wonder if the way Beli acts towards Lola developed the hatred in Lola. Is this Lola’s character, or Belicia’s impact?

Next, we have Belicia’s kid Oscar De Leon. Oscar is the text book meaning of a “geek”. He is continuously caught up in computer game and fantasy worlds, dismissing himself from truth any opportunity he can get. Not only is Oscar a geek, however he is severely overweight and practically completely doing not have any and all social abilities. “Guy used his nerdiness like a Jedi wore his light saber or a Lensman her lens. Could not have actually passed for Regular if he ‘d wanted to” (23, Diaz) we see Oscar face a lot difficulty when it concerns fitting in. He has two pals initially, who are barely good friends, and ultimately not part of his life, and no sense in how to act with females. As we follow Oscar throughout the novel, we see the abuse he deals with from a young age to his adult life. He is made fun of, singled out, and overall, outcasted. We see him face the same problems through high school, and college. In general, his displacement leads him into anxiety, and he tries to eliminate himself by jumping off of a bridge. Oscar endures, and after healing, still continues from where we left off. He even has issues as an adult in his tasks. Even as an instructor, a higher-up, kids still discovered methods to tease him. “His heart wasn’t in it, and kids of all grades and personalities shitted on him effusively. Trainees laughed when they spotted him in the halls. Pretended to conceal their sandwiches.” (264, Diaz) Oscar yearns to suit, to be normal, to be loved. He never ever had any of these things his whole life, and towards completion of the work we see Oscar finally feel these things when he satisfies Ybon; a prostitute he falls for while going to the Dominican Republic. He wants a typical life so bad, he overlooks all of the problems that came with Ybon: her occupation, her Trujillo influenced ex-boyfriend, and all of the drama attached to her. The hunger for a typical life is so terrific in Oscar that it eventually leads to his downfall. Refusing the concept of caring another other than Ybon ruins him. Though he does lastly have sex with Ybon, and feel what he ‘d wanted to feel his entire life, he accepts it as his end. Ybon’s ex ends up killing Oscar in a walking cane field, and Oscar invites death with open arms. He figured that once he felt what he ‘d constantly wished to feel, it would be okay for his life to end. “He wrote he could not think he had 7 to wait on this so god damn long! So this is what everyone’s been discussing! Diablo! If just I ‘d known, the beauty! The charm!” (335, Diaz) Oscar compromised himself for the chance to finally feel “regular”. Oscars lack of any attention at all, from his peers or mom triggered him to internalize his issues. He bottled whatever in and lived in his own world. Perhaps if he and his mom established a stronger relationship, Oscar may have established easier than he had.

So do children truly suffer the “sins” of their parents? In the case of the Cabral household, the response is yes. Belicia’s traumas in the Dominican Republic definitely affected the lives of her children in multiple methods. The fukú placed on the household brought below Abelard, into Belcia, causing her a challenging training, and into her kids, creating problems for them also. The fukú affected Oscar more than Lola, giving him initial bad luck from the start of his life, and leading him into facing similar circumstances as his mother, which eventually ended up eliminating him. In Lola’s case, the reality that her mom was so shocked from the scenarios she dealt with in the Dominican Republic, essentially made her mother unreasonable, and unsteady. If Belicia did not experience what she had, she would not have developed the unsteady characteristics that triggered her to act “insane” with Lola. Her treatment of Lola is what creates the issues Lola has. Children design everything a moms and dad does and include what they see in their own lives. A moms and dad’s reaction to trauma and tension impacts their kids. Oscar and Lola, whether affected by the fukú or not, face the concerns they have in their lives due to the fact that of Belicia, deliberate or not.

Works Mentioned Diaz, Junot. The Quick Marvelous Life of Oscar Wao. New York: Riverhead, 2007. Print.