How does Oscar fit into society? Why is Oscar a romantic hero rather than a heroic person?
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In the novel, the characters often embody all three descriptions in one way or another—Belicia and Yunior have immigrated to New Jersey from the Dominican Republic, Oscar and Belicia are outsiders at school, and Lola has the constant desire to be outside of wherever or whatever she is doing. The role of immigrant, outsider or hero are related because they are all roles that make the character different from the whole. The immigrant is literally outside of his/her country of origin, while at the same time he/she differs from his/her new environment. The immigrant also is symbolizes escape. The outsider, in a broad sense, is someone who does not fit into whatever whole to which they want to belong. The hero, on the other hand, often differs from the rest of the population because he/she has power and strength that others do not have. Therefore, while the immigrant and outsider often have negative connotations, the hero has positive connotations. When combined, they provide a multifaceted view of a character.