Many qualities are shared amongst pieces of literature that can be applied in the real world. Usually it is the characters’ experiences that the reader relates to and then learns from. For instance, the play Raisin in the Sun and the novel The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao have many themes that can be applied to each other. In Raisin in the Sun, Ruth was going to purchase a house for the whole family to live in with the money she was going to receive from the government. Since the house she was going to buy was in a white neighborhood, they offered her twice the money for her to not move in. The racism she faced did not destroy her, on the contrary, it made her fight even more for what she wanted.
Moreover, in the novel The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Belicia herself faced many problems that made her life more difficult. While she was expecting a baby from a married man, his wife demanded her to get an abortion. When Beli refused to get the abortion, she started to insult her in every way possible to destroy her self-esteem. The insults she received made her want to fight for what she wanted and not let other people decide for her. From both pieces of literature, one can conclude that the desire to live with dignity may destroy a person internally, but it can create passion which can perhaps encourage them to go after their goals.