Day 1

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does Oscar believe men are supposed to behave? How do these beliefs affect his self-esteem?

    Oscar has grown up with the idea that Dominicans are meant to be not only great lovers but also somewhat irresistible to women. This weighs heavily on Oscar (at least in the narrator's characterization of him). Discussion should touch on the fact that Oscar's inability to connect with women may be related to his inability to see them as people rather than as some mysterious separate species.

  2. 2

    Do you think Oscar is, as Lola says, allergic to trying?

    While Oscar does have trouble changing the things about himself that he thinks of as hideous to other...

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