Teach and Delight in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The book The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz teaches and delights the reader. Diaz teaches Dominican culture by using dark humor while delighting the readers with Dominican history. The water is clear and blue, bright skies filled with white fluffy clouds, and the Spanish music blasting from the people sitting outside their houses. This is the Dominican Republic. But behind this beauty there is corruption, young girls getting raped, and a lot of blood involved behind each door. The reason for this is because of one of the most vicious dictators in history, Rafael Trujillo. After making a beautiful nation into something so horrendous Trujillo dies and the Dominican Republic is left in chaos. The impact that Trujillo had on the Dominican Republic is shown in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
Trujillo was a ruthless man that used barbaric methods to make people do what he wanted and would do anything for power. Trujillo was known as “El jefe” (Pg.2) and not necessarily for a good reason. Even though he enforced the law and maintained crime to a minimum, he casted “a shadow of fear… throughout the region” (Pg. 224). In the beginning Diaz says “It was Trujillo” (Pg.4) to credit him with the “Curse of the Kennedys [and his] involvement in Vietnam” (Pg. 4). Diaz makes conspiracy theories to show how powerful Trujillo was and to make the readers have the idea of his involvement in these major events. Trujillo was so powerful that Diaz hints at the fact he had the power to destroy a family with “a curse or a doom of some kind” (Pg. 1) which is also known as Fuku. This curse has been around for years and plays a role in bad luck all around the world and every individual has it. This novel takes the reader through a family’s journey with fuku and worst of all, with Trujillo.
The De Leon family first becomes exposed to Trujillo through Abelard Cabral “Oscar and Lola's grandfather” (Pg.211). Abelard is “the famous doctor...a surgeon who had studied in Mexico City” (Pg. 211). He has an outstanding wife and two beautiful daughters that he protects carefully. Yet everything good comes to an end, especially during this time. Trujillo is fascinated with beautiful young girls with “hips-ass-chest” (Pg.218). Abelard can’t cope with the idea of his daughter “getting raped by her...