CO MIC SPIRIT IN AMERICA LITERATURE AND CULTURE
JANUARY 20, 2012
INSTRUCTOR: MR. WAITHAKA
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is about a Dominican family who lives in Paterson New Jersey and they have been through many tribulations in life. The theme I chose for my essay is Fuku and Love, in the novel these two themes were mainly the reason why the characters got their self in situations they could not overcome. The novel is overall about finding love and overcoming the family curse. It is believed that Fuku was created on the arrival of the Europeans, this unleashed Fuku on the new world. “No matter what you believe, Fuku believes in you” (Diaz page 5). Many people believed that whoever that was against Trujillo would “incur” a very powerful Fuku upon themselves and their family for generations to come. “It was also believed that Rafael Leonidas Trujillo was Fuku itself” (Diaz page 2-3). Hypatia Belicia Cabral is the third and final daughter of Abelard and the mother of Lola and Oscar De Leon. Beli was born during the time of Trujillo regime and at that point of time her father was arrested by the secret police for making a joke saying “ I hope there aren’t any bodies in here” and when Abelard opened the trunk he said “ Nope, no bodies here, Trujillo must have cleaned them out for me” (Diaz page 234-235). Apart from that the secret police found a book Abelard was writing about Trujillo in his desk, the book was an “exposé of the supernatural roots of the Trujillo regime! A book about the Dark Powers of the President, a book in which Abelard argued that the tales the common people told about the president-that he was supernatural…” (Diaz page 245). That was the fall of the Cabral family, many things started to happen; such as the family being broken up and the death of Socorro, Jackie and Astrid. Beli was just two months and was being passed among the family members, her relatives tried to avoid her and the curse (Fuku). “Beli after all had been ailing for a while, the tiniest little negrita on the planet. Fuku part three” (Diaz page 253). She was given to a family in Azua and the mother of the family sold her to another family in a different part of Azua. La Inca is Abelard cousin whom lived in exile after the death of her husband; she realized that she had completely failed her cousin. La Inca was in search for the third and final daughter, when she finally got a hold of where Belicia was located the poor girl has been verbally, physically and emotionally abused by the family she lived with. She had already experienced pain from birth to the age of nine. “But enough. What matters is that in Bani, in La Inca house, Belicia Cabral found sanctuary” (Diaz page259). La Inca was the mother Beli never had, she thought her how to read and write, La Inca wanted the best for her. At the age of thirteen, Belicia was excellent in school and even got a scholarship to El Redentor, one of the best schools in the island. But she had a downfall, she was in love with Jack Pujos and he took advantage of her. “Just imagine Beli butt naked, her vast scar like nothing anybody had seen before, and Jack with his pants puddle around his ankle” (Diaz page 100). It was a big scandal in El Redentor and Beli disappointed La Inca. At the age of fourteen, she dropped out of school and worked at the Palacio Peking. Constantina was a worker at Palacio Peking and she was the person that pulled her out of her fantasy with Jack Pujos. “My hermanita, she called Beli. The most beautiful girl. You’re proof that God is Dominican” (Diaz page 113). El Hollywood was Belicia’s first real club and where she met the Gangster. The Gangster grew up in poverty and this had an impact on his life, by the time he turned fourteen he killed his first communist. “He claims that the Failed Cattle Thief had inspired him”...
Bibliography: Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
New York: riverhead Books, 2007.
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