The Dominican Masculinity In the novel a typical Dominican male is portrayed as powerful, full of charm and physically attractive. Oscar, weighing over 300 pounds, and living an extremely nerdy life is a complete opposite of the Dominican stereotype. According to the book’s narration the most important part of DR masculinity is sex and this is again something that Oscar struggles to experience, but no matter what he does, he can’t. On the other hand, Junior is the exact representation of a Dominican male. He possesses all the properties that a DR man is supposed to have and even these are extraordinary potent. Junior seems to be superior to Oscar in every aspect of their lives, as narrator wants us to believe. However, …show more content…
He is emasculated and challenged by women all the time, but still has a higher social standing than them. In order to understand that, one has to look at the stories of the most “masculine” women: Beli and Lola, who despite their efforts are just females and therefore are lower than any male character. Beli is constantly struggling to climb up the social ladder, but she is unable to reach the desired equality with man. She often displays her desire to control everything around her, Junior saw her as she “slapped grown men, pushed white police officers onto their asses.” She also tries to make her children bend to her will, especially rebellious Lola. If anything slips out of her power she becomes furious and uncontrollable. The fact that she doesn’t have the power that she wants drives her crazy. And as we learn from Junior Beli is powerless: “what could she do? Beli was a girl, for fuck’s sake. She had no real power…” (81) Women inferiority in the novel can be also seen in the sexualization of their features by all the males, even Oscar. Women also have to face constant sexual harassment from the males, especially from Trujillo’s regime. The dictator “has hundreds of spies whose entire job was to scour the provinces for his next piece of ass” (217). That depicts women as a material target, a sexual object that can be obtained and used, while at the same time takes away all the power from females. Presenting Oscar as much a non-masculine character as possible, without undermining the fact that he is a male, places him in the lowest possible place in the male society, so low that he is sometimes “treated like a woman.” However this place in the society gives him a different view on the world and women, such that will baffle and provoke some jealousy in
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The role that gendered expectations plays in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao constructs detrimental limitations for males while reducing females to sexual beings. The prevalent Dominican males in the novel reinforce an absolute definition of masculinity characterized by dominance, attractiveness, manifestation of sexuality, and oppression of women. Such masculinity is constructed through every aspect that Rafael Trujillo, the ultimate Dominican male, embodies. Through the endorsement of expected Dominican hypermasculinity, females are overtly hypersexualized by means of objectification, while men are confined to fulfilling expected roles. In failing to embody Trujillo’s misogynistic, patriarchal ideal, males and females in the novel marginalize
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It’s shown through her fighting against the cultural norms by going into the study of law and fighting against Trujillo’s patriarchal behavior. She isn’t just interested in getting a husband like most girls were and tries to gain power through getting an education,, ”I’m not interested in admirers until I have my law degree (Alvarez 99).” She additionally struggles for power to fight against the patriarchal society, by not just going along with Trujillo’s patriarchal behavior, “The university is no place for a woman these days (Alvarez 99),” Trujillo tells her, playing off the culture and talking down to her using patriarchal thinking as seen in his syntax or structure of his dialogue, after not getting what he wants. However this does not dampen her attempts at grasping for power, and she displays a rather aggressive method of gaining power from Trujillo later on by slapping him after he sexually assaults her, displaying a thought process of her not thinking of him as someone higher, or more equal than
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This proved when the narrator’s mother always tried to get the narrator to do work that appropriate for a lady instead of outside work, however it was not something that she enjoyed. The narrator also was not considered of real helper to her father because she was a female. This proved when her father introduced the narrator as ‘his new hired hand’ to a salesman, he replied, “I thought it was only a girl” (line 76, paragraph 10).This shows how the society view girl as ‘just a girl’ at that time and it means that their roles are not really significant in the society. As being said by Alexander Pope (1688-1744), “Most women have no character at all.” (Bressler, C.E., 2011).
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