The Brief Wondrous Life Analysis

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Years ago, women were put into their place by men and depicted as weak by society, but with women empowerment, women are being depicted as able to hold a family, have a high paying job, and being remarkable leaders. Author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz, tells the story of the Cabral family and their fight with the fuku, a curse that follows families. The fuku is believed to have gone through the entire family, Beli, Oscar’s mom, Lola, Oscar’s sister, and Oscar himself. Oscar Wao, the protagonist, struggles throughout his life to find love to the point where it eventually kills him, and his family’s cursed story is told by his best friend, Yunior. In The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Díaz uses the strong independent…show more content…
La Inca believes in the fuku, and thinks that their family is cursed. Trujillo and his curse followed the family in the past with some of La Inca’s relatives, and follows them now with her troubled grandson. La Inca takes Beli home from the hospital after her run in with Trujillo’s minions, sad and babyless. La Inca advises Beli that she needs to leave, or she might actually die the next time. “You don’t understand, hija. You have to leave the country. They’ll kill you if you don’t” (pg. 160). La Inca has to do what is best for Beli and spare her life, even though it may hurt to be alone all over again. La Inca has been alone for years after the unexpected and tragic death of her husband, but she took care of Beli when she got her from her last guardians, more like strangers, had been there all her academic careers, and after the run in on Trujillo. The decision she has to make is a very impactful decision because Beli meets the father of her two kids when she sent her away. The decision makes La Inca very strong because La Inca is not thinking of herself, and the loneliness that she is going to experience again, rather she is thinking of her daughter’s safety and life. La Inca is also risking her own life because if Trujillo’s minions come looking again, they could get possibly kill La Inca for making her leave. La Inca gets Beli from people who have no relation to Beli whatsoever. When La Inca finds Beli, she is in an excruciating amount of pain because the stranger poured boiling hot oil onto her back. Beli is scarred from the traumatic events and has nightmares, but Beli saves her from the evil owners and takes her in as her own. “I am your family, La Inca said forcefully. I am here to save you” (pg. 257). La Inca risks her life with bringing Beli in because of the curse that her family brings. La Inca is a strong and determined because she
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