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Oscar Zeta Acosta Brown Buffalo struggles in looking for meaning oflife In the beginning Brown Buffalo lost direction in life but lateron he discovered himself and struggled to look for meaning of life Inhis novel Acosta demonstrates search for identity through the narratorand other characters in the novel However when author creates aChicano identity the reader is left in a dilemma whether Brown Buffalosearching or seeking to form a distinctive Chicano identityNevertheless search for identity is an essential undertaking for allhuman beingsIn the opening pages of the autobiography Acosta features the narratorstanding before a mirror in the bathroom examining his big belly Thenarrator engages in a monologue by saying I stand naked before themirror Every morning of my life I have seen that brown belly from everyangle It has not changed that I can remember I was always a fat kid Isuck it and expand an enormous chest I tighten suck at the air andrecall that Charles Atlas was a ninety-pound when the bitch bully kickedsand in his girlfriends pretty face the autobiography of a brownbuffalo 111 watching his image in the mirror Acosta reflects on thephysical self-perfection of Charles Atlas a bodybuilder in the 1920sAtlas was an immigrant from Italy initially named Siciliano AngeloAfter migrating to the United States in 1910 Angelo changed his body aswell as his cultural identity He changed his name to Charles Atlas andconverted himself from a ninety-pound weakling into a bodybuilderknown allover the world In the first page the author presents the bookreader with the possibility of attaining self-transformation -for thebetterment of oneself However in the pages that follow he juxtaposesthis notion by narrating about Brown Buffalos chronic ulcers hishallucinations worsening mental health and his constipation Hedefecates vomits and consumes large volumes of foodAfter going through traumatizing experiences in the Northern Californiaas a Chicano Oscar Acosta decides to seek for his true identity InCalifornia Oscar finds that his identity does not fit in any of thecategories of
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