Requirements: 2 paragraphs typed and double-spaced. To be considered complete, each paragraph must have a minimum of 10 sentences, for a total of 20 sentences,
minimum, per response essay, and must include 1-2 examples of carefully chosen quoted evidence from the text to support your reading. Please select one of the
following questions to respond to:
1. Oscar is very far from the traditional model of a “hero.” Other characters in the book are more traditionally heroic, making bold decisions on behalf of others to
protect them—for instance, La Inca rescuing young Belicia, or Abelard trying to protect his daughters. In the end, do you think Oscar is heroic or foolish? And are
those other characters—La Inca, Abelard—more or less heroic than Oscar?
2. While Oscar’s story is central to the novel, the book is not told in his voice, and there are many chapters in which Oscar does not figure at all, and others in
which he only plays a fairly minor role. Who do you consider the true protagonist of the novel? Oscar? Yunior? Belicia? The entire de Leon and Cabral family? The fukú?
3. The book centers on the story of Oscar and his family—and yet the majority of the book is narrated by Yunior, who is not part of the family, and only plays a
relatively minor role in the events of the story. Yunior even calls himself “The Watcher,” underscoring his outsider status in the story. What is the effect of having
a relative outsider tell the story of Oscar and his family, rather than having someone in the family tell it? And why do you think Díaz waits for so long at the
beginning of the book to reveal who the narrator is?