Grotesque in Diaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Hui LIU, Gulinigaer Aihemaitijiang


According to the definitions of grotesque, isolation, repression and alienation are the key features of it. The protagonist Oscar of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the Dominican-American boy, suffered ignorance from family, contempt from others and identity confusion from society. From physical appearance and spiritual level, Oscar is regarded as a grotesque with the disharmony, unsatisfaction, depression in his inner world. All the barriers which contribute to his grotesqueness are overcome at last when he pursues his love without fear.


Grotesque; Alienation; Identity confusion; Repression

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