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Oscar's Suicide Chapter 1 Analysis

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The fourth chapter of the novel introduces the narrator who has been unknown until this point which was an intended choice on the author’s part in influencing the tone. The narrator is Yunior, Oscar’s college roommate who offers to live with him after Lola expresses concerns for his wellbeing following a rejection by a girl. The chapter begins by the author referring to himself in the first person by stating, “It all started with me. The year before Oscar fell…” (167) This foreshadows a later event in the chapter: Oscar’s attempted suicide. Throughout the chapter, Yunior narrates Oscar’s downward spiral which ultimately begins with Yunior attempting to make Oscar appear more desirable by putting him on a diet and exercise program. Oscar in
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