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Examining the historical events that took place during the setting of a book can greatly help with ones comprehension and analysis of the text Understanding the culture of the people whom the author writes about also helps achieve the same results Readers can use historical and cultural information to better relate understand and empathize with the characters in the story and what they are going through In this work The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao A broken family from the Dominican Republic has taken refuge from the terrible dictator Trujillo in New Jersey This story reflects on the difficulties and troubles met by this family as they all search for love often unsuccessfully Their Dominican Culture and history is constantly being blended in with their new setting and life Junot Diazs uses of setting story-telling flashbacks and code switching give the reader some idea of the culture of the Dominican Republic in the 20th century and the effect Trujillos reign had on citizens lives but for a full understanding of the books cultural setting the reader must immerse himself into the historical and cultural aspects which played such a huge role in the lives of not only our characters but every citizen in the Dominican Republic at this time periodJunot Diaz the author of The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was greatly influenced by the culture of his own life which he incorporated into the writing of this story Diaz like characters in his book immigrated to central New Jersey as a child Immediately it is evident that Diaz took not just one piece but almost an entire childhood from himself and replicated it as that of his main character Oscars life The Dominican Republic culture was all around Diaz as he grew up this knowledge was key in expressing the culture of the Dominican Republic to his readers Wikipedia states that as a Dominican-American his immigrant experience was central
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