HW 3 – Diaz (Feb. 7th)

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Homework 3: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz

Read the first 7 pages of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  by Junot Diaz Don’t forget to read the footnotes! Answer the following questions. 

  1. What did you think of this piece? Be honest! Why? Explain!
  2. What do you find difficult or confusing? Be specific! Point out particular passages that confused you and explain why you were confused.  What do you think the writer may have been trying to do?  Find a particular passage that was difficult and explain specifically where you got caught up and why.
  3. How does the author use footnotes? Why do you think he makes this choice?
  4. What discourse community(ies) does Oscar Wao belong to?
  5. What word is important to his discourse community?
  6. How does he define this word?
  7. Why is this word important to his community?

2 Comments

  1. Jade

    1.    What did you think of this piece? Be honest! Why? Explain!

    I thought this piece was eye-opening because I like reading about other cultures, especially folktales or beliefs.

    2.    What do you find difficult or confusing? Be specific! Point out particular passages that confused you and explain why you were confused. What do you think the writer may have been trying to do? Find a particular passage that was difficult and explain specifically where you got caught up and why.

    The only thing I found difficult was the Spanish mixed in with the English. It confused me because I was focused on how to pronounce it and didn’t know what some of them meant. I think the writer was doing that to show the mixing of cultures.

     

    3.    How does the author use footnotes? Why do you think he makes this choice?

    The author uses footnotes by adding a number to a certain term or word. I think he chose to provide more information to the reader to make the reading more understandable.

    4.    What discourse community(ies) does Oscar Wao belong to?

    The discourse communities to which Oscar Wao belongs are the fuku community and the DR community.

     

    5.    What word is important to his discourse community?

    The word that was important to his discourse community was fuku. The word fuku was used throughout the first 7 pages. The whole island believed in fuku. It was seen as a curse or like karma. There are two pieces of evidence to support this. The first one is on page 5, “Everybody in Santo Domingo has a fuku story knocking around their family.” The second one is on page 5: “It’s perfectly fine if you don’t believe in these “superstitions.” In fact, it’s better than fine – it’s perfect. Because no matter what you believe, fuku believe in you.”

    6.    How does he define this word?

    He defines fuku as a curse or a doom, “specifically the curse and the doom of the new world.”

     

    7.    Why is this word important to his community?

    This word is important to his community because it affects the whole island. As he said, fuku wasn’t talked about all the time, but it was in the air. That’s how much power it had in his community.

  2. Isabella

    1. What did you think of this piece? Be honest! Why? Explain!

    This piece was okay in my opinion, I enjoyed what Oscar was speaking about but I wouldn’t particularly reread it just because it’s not the kind of reading I would choose.

    2. What do you find difficult or confusing? Be specific! Point out particular passages that confused you and explain why you were confused. What do you think the writer may have been trying to do? Find a particular passage that was difficult and explain specifically where you got caught up and why.

    Something I found difficult was the words Oscar used in the passage, it was a little confusing, especially with the English-to-Spanish vocabulary and the choice of wording he uses.

    3. How does the author use footnotes? Why do you think he makes this choice?

    The author uses footnotes by adding a number or symbol to words or phrases, I believe he decided to do this to form some organization for the readers as they read.

    4.What discourse community(ies) does Oscar Wao belong to?

    Oscar Wao belongs to the Fuku and the DR community.

    5. What word is important to his discourse community?

    A word that’s important to his discourse community is Fuku, the whole land believed in the curse and it showed how powerful and important the word is the everyone.

    6. How does he define this word?

    The word Fuku means “Fuku refers to a terrible curse that can last for generations upon having caught it.” As he says on page 5 “Everyone has a Fuku story knocking around their family.”

    7. Why is this word important to his community?

    The word is important to the community because it creates a belief system for the land, it is something powerful that everyone believes. As Ocasr says on page 5 “It’s perfectly fine if you don’t believe in these “superstitions.” It’s better than fine – it’s perfect. because no matter what you believe, Fuku believes in you.

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