Oscar Wao

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  • “I was the one cooking, cleaning, doing the wash, buying groceries, writing letters to the bank to explain why a house payment was going to be late” (Diaz 56).
  • Lola struggles to live up to the perfect daughter persona that daughters of Dominican descent are supposed to act like.
  • “I (Lola) stayed at home and made sure Oscar was fed and that everything ran right while she (the mother) was at work. I raised him and I raised me” (Diaz 56).
  • As a result of her race and gender, she was expected to raise not only herself, but also help out with the motherly duties of raising her siblings.
  • “When that thing happened to me when I was eight and I finally told her (the mother) what he had done, she told me to shut my mouth and stop crying” (56-57).
  • Because of her gender and the culture she was living in, Lola was forced by her own mother to forget an instance of sexual assault.
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