Day 5

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Do you think Oscar's death is essentially a suicide?

    Oscar had, after all, tried to kill himself several times over heartbreak. Suicide by cop is a much-observed phenomenon—perhaps Oscar, incapable of actually killing himself, decided to turn the job over to others.

  2. 2

    Do you see Oscar's death as a tragedy of love?

    Students should discuss whether he actually loved Ybón or if, had he loved her, he would have stopped pursuing her when she asked him to. They should also discuss Oscar's experience of love and his capacity for understanding how to behave in love, given his inexperience.

  3. 3

    Do you think Ybón loved Oscar?

    Diaz does lead us...

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