The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

the brief wondrous life of oscar waoWhen he was seven, Oscar was like a charm to all the girls. That was the time in which he called it the ‘golden ages’. Many girls fell for him. It came to the point when he had two girlfriends at once. Maritza and Olga. It lasted for a week, full of bliss, before Maritza told Oscar ‘it’s either her or me’. Oscar immediately chose Maritza, as she was beautiful, and Olga was not. Olga was near obese, and Maritza was not. So he broke up with Olga, right in front of Maritza. On Monday, he saw Maritza walking around with somebody else. When he heard her say ‘Let’s get married’ to that guy, the Golden Ages ended.

In high school, Oscar was the loner. He grew overweight, and started being so miserable. As a Domician, he was expected to be good with girls, like his sister Lola, who was a magic to the boys. But he was more like a nerd. He was the only boy around his grade who didn’t have a girlfriend. When he found out his friends, Al and Miggs, had girlfriends of their owns, he stopped talking to them.

During his Senior Year, he met a girl named Ana, and fell in love with her. They started to hang out more often, and Oscar found out that Ana once had a boyfriend around ten years olden than her (forced by parents) who was joining the military and always abused her. Oscar tried confessing to her that he loved her, but was shot down gently by Ana, who loved her boyfriend although he abused her.

That happens a lot in puberty, and many people get depressed, because they just don’t have a relationship with the special girls they want. Oscar may have been even more depressed, as he got shot down by so many girls. The same would have happened to anyone. Depression can change our lives in many ways, for Oscar, he became overweight, and was more into sci-fi.

Bullying is a major role in Oscar’s life. With no friends to cheer him up, Oscar could only plunge deeper into his stress and hopelessness. Ignoring is a part of bullying, including cyber bullying, and beating people up in public. How bad could someone’s life be? Having a miserable childhood, can lead to life of a drunkard or an adult who commits criminals.

Oscar’s sister Lola was a punk who wanted to run away, because of depression. She wanted to break free from the clutches of her mother, whom she really hated. After planning it out with her boyfriend, one day, she did ran away. She took as much money as she could, her food and clothes, and was gone. She took the bus to her boyfriend’s house, and stayed with him and his father there. However, running away isn’t the answer to everything. There could be times when you feel like you want to escape, and that you want to break free, because of reasons and personal issues. It will lead into more trouble. In fact, in too many cases, things will get worse.

It’s not easy being a teenager. It never has, and never will be. Dealing with parents and rules, maturing minds and bodies, pressure from friends, stress at school – these are all aspects of life teenagers experience. And, for some teens, it goes beyond the normal, expected angst, like abuse or depression. Though it is difficult, teenagers should learn that we are never out of options. There’s always somebody out there to help when we are in trouble.

This story was taken from different perspectives, and I really liked it. Junot Diaz was born December 31, 1968 is a Dominican, and American writer, creative writing professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and fiction editor at Boston Review Magazine. He also serves on the board of advisers for Freedom University, a volunteer organization in Georgia that provides post-secondary instruction to undocumented immigrants. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.


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