El Blog Final

April 10, 2007

Primeramente yo tengo una pregunta sobre el examen final, ¿es posible traemos “the family tree” de la novela Cien Años de Soledad? porque la familia es muy compleja y es mejor si nosotros usamos solamente esta papel.  Esta clase era muy interesante, y yo ahora miro el mundo en una manera diferente.  Todas las familias no son completas y tienen sus propias dificultades. Ninguna familia es el mismo de la otra familia.  Todos los cuentos nos dijo que las relaciones entre las familiar son muy compleja y distinta para cada familia.   En conjunto, yo pienso que nosotros hagamos entender e interprete los cuentos muy con cuidado.  Yo me gusta los Blogs porque fue bueno leer otros pensamientos de personas en las historias pero fue difícil inicialmente escribirlos.   


Cien Anos-Final

March 28, 2007

Wow this novel is truely in its own category.  Overall I found the novel to be interesting, yet confusing at times with the repetition of character names.  The ending of the novel was profound. I think that what Marquez was trying to protray in the novel was that everything is a mirage and that you should not wait hundred years to do somthing becuase life is “too short” (although in the Buendia’s life it felt like forever), I feel life is like a dream  so you should live in the moment because once you wake you u can not do anything about it.   I feel this is what he was trying to say. Also I found it interesting that near the end of the novel when Aureliano was taking to people they did not believe that the story behind Colonel Aurlieano Buendia existied, and this just shows how their reality was being questioned.  This novel points at the boundaries of realitity and fiction.  The novel was set in a fictional land  which was surounded by known  cities (Arizona, Michigan, & Kentucky) and languages (ex. Sanskrit) that are reality in our world .  I found this was cleaverly done.  Also, Ursula when she was near death was in a stage of confussion beteween present for her reality and the past which for the rest of the family was fiction; so she also struggled to keep the two worlds straight and to convince her family memebers the past was reality.  I found it interesting that the life of Ursula was parallel to the life of their house; it seemed when Ursula was declining so was the house with the weeds and being in pertetual mess.  The house was constantly being fixed up near the end of the novel which was interesting, but I am not sure if it had to symbolize how the city was declining in solitude.  It seemed as though everyone left the city by the end of the novel, but a necessarily twist was that the incest child of Aureliano and Amaranta Ursula had a pig tail.  I thought it was necessary because they talked about it throughout the novel and up until then not one person had one.  After all the deaths, masacar, and diseases I thought that nature was rebutling to the changes by having that long rain storm, which was interesting because that was a time in the novel where everyone kept buisy and was not in solitude despite being locked in the house.  So I guess this city did get affected by many modernizing changes and we saw the negative effects that occured as a result as well. 

Cien Anos #4

March 27, 2007

In this part of the novel I have found some interesting comparisons between the characters and solitude.  Throughout the novel each character has exhibited some form of solitude, although the character Meme is quite different.  She is the product of a newer generation and the accompanying changes that occurred to the city hence she is one of the characters that does not experience much solitude.  This is may be because of the modernity that occurred in the city so she has been able to be loud, outgoing, and talkative compared to her ancestors.  There are many examples in the novel which show this, and there is one part in the novel where she says that she practices the clavichord even though it is a daily sacrifice but it would keep her mother clam so she does it.  This part stood out to me because the author used the word sacrifice, which implies some sort of forced solitude.  

Cien Anos #3

March 26, 2007

This book is very strange. The more you read the more complex and intertwined the relationships get.  The introduction of Aureliano Segundo and Jose Arcadio Segundo made the book much more difficult and it felt as though a new chapter was formed.  I find the novel weird because as soon as we start to understand the pattern of repeating names and understand the characteristics of the Aureliano’s versus the Jose Arcadio’s there becomes an intergation (or a blur) between the two different characterizations; for example through the creation of the great-grandsons of Ursula (ie. Aureliano Segundo and Jose Arcadio Segundo) .  This part of the novel feels like there is a new beginning, like we have understood the past history of the family and now we are going to concentrate on the family of Colonel Aureliano Buendia, by focusing on his extended family.  For me all the previous information was just background info and now the novel will really focus in on a certain point and will be specific to these characters.  I am still very suprised that Ursula is basically the leading lady, and the description that she is nearly 100 years old but is blind becuase of the cateracts makes the novel very personal, because I feel as though I have travelled with her through the successional generations of her family tree and have expierenced her pain.  Her pain to me is centered around some of the themes of the novel: being crazy, craziness, and genetic mutations.  I find it strange that the women, especially Ursula, always bring up the fact that one would not want to have childern in an incestuous relationship yet many of the charcters have some form of incest and they still continue to have kids and anytime something is “strange” or different about them they blame it on the fact that they were concived in a not ideal situation. So im not too sure about the logic behind the continuation of having kids or the real relation this situation has to do with the family being crazy.  I would like to know why they refer to this family as being crazy and why it seems as though Ursula believes it more and more as more generations pass.   

Cien Anos de Soledad

March 19, 2007

In this section of the novel I am amazed at how many characters have died.  It is weird but also in the novel they do not die because they are mentioned at later dates, which in a sense signals to a certain type of solitude of its own.  When a character dies you assume their memory dies as well, but in this novel just by mentioning the character in an action brings back all the characteristics of that character and their relation to the main characters in the novel.  For me this is a type of solitude becuase they are forever excluded from the for-front, the main dialouge of the novel and rather just used to express “better” times for the living characters.  The dead characters get used in a particular way, as memorable icons that are just used as past reflections.  Also, in this part of the novel I find it very odd that all the men are intrigued by PilarTernera, and my question is why? Why do all the men run to her when then need sexual attention? I find this odd and wonder if there is deeper meaning to this action.  Also, how old is Ursula by this time? She has numerous grand childern and it seems as if she has not aged at all. I find it interesting that Ursula has taken the leading role as opposed to her husband Jose Arcadio Buendia, becuase initially I thought he would have had a more major role than her.  The women in this novel seem to out live the men, because it seems like all the men got killed by the war and the women survived except for the few that killed themselves. 

Cien Anos de Soledad

March 9, 2007

By reflecting on this novel, one question arises: what year was this novel set in? I ask this because I find it hard to imagine such a time, when people seem content but poor, gypies roamed the earth and people got amazed by every wonder that approached them.  Some descriptions of the town make it seem like the houses were mad out of mud and the people roamed naked.  Also, I found it very disturbing that the sons, Aureliano, and Jose Arcadio wanted to have intimate relations with women that were childern, when they were in their teens.  When the parents are okay with Aurelian marrying Remedios, merely just a child, makes me wonder was era this book was written in becasue they are in a society where girls need to get married, although they have no problem with call women like Pilar. I know it was her misfortune that she got raped but she sexual relations still persisted so she seems like a call girl to me.  The initial first pages reminded me of Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salmon Rushdie, because of all the magic and mysteries the Earth can bring.  There are so many dynamic relations in this novel, I am looking foward to continue reading, but I don’t know if I will be able to keep track of all the intertwining relations. 

Review of the Term So Far

February 26, 2007

This class is interesting especially when reading the works with specific concentration on the family. In my opinon I find the blogs to be helpful to an extent, when reading other peoples comments but I also find them to be a hassel because I find it hard to analysis the works critically. I read the works and understand them but I do not have any additional input to initiate stimulating conversation.  I feel we read some of the works a bit to quickly, and I hope we have a good review session to understand the underlying meaning behind the stories.  I am not to sure what some authors were trying to say about family.  The class lectures where helpful and interesting becuase Jon would specify certain sentences that I did not pay much attention to in my own reading. 

Piedra Callada, Marta Brunet

February 26, 2007

Piedra Callada es una cuenta que muy compleja y todos los partes de la historia es importante para entender la psicología de las  caracteres.  La madre tiene muchas emociones que manejan sus acciones, por ejemplo la pérdida de su marido, y de su papel como un tomador de cuidado hizo su necesidad que su hija para ser casada a un hombre exitoso.  Y para Bernabé, el piense que su vida sea importante solo por que su esposa, y después de su muerte que él no cuidara ya y no quisiera ser un hombre bueno. El no tuvo eso maneja para demostrar que él fue un tipo bueno ya como él tuvo para hacer inicialmente.  Había una batalla entre estos dos sexos, entre la madre y Bernabé. Al fin la madre ganó pero parece que no fue el valor el precio.   Esta batalla es también una batalla entre que puede crear una familia, cuando Esperanza se muere la familia de Bernabé comienza deshacer mientras la familia de Eufrasia obtiene creado otra vez,  a causa de este Bernabé estaba loco. Yo soy simpático con Bernabé por que su vida es una tragedia, y para mi es lastima que el sea violente pero no me importa.      

Mama Blanca

February 5, 2007

Esta novela es muy diferente de los otros cuentos que nosotros hemos leído.  La figura Evelyn es mi favorita figura, porque ella tuvo un papel de la madre.  Por ejemplo en la pagina 87,  La Parra dijo “Evelyn nos bañaba y nos vestía a todas desde muy temprano, y después de recomendarnos varias veces muy severamente que no jugáramos con tierra…”,  ella hizo todos los cosas que una madre haría. Es importante que  La Parra dijo “Mamá admiraba a Evelyn” en la pagina 78 porque los dos figuras tuvieron una contraria papeles.  Por un lado, Evelyn disciplinaba y tenía cuidado los niños. Por un otra lado, Mama era una figura materialista, malvada, nobleza e impaciente a sus hijas, y en la pagina 89 es decir “Mamá era amable por generosidad de alma, era amable por adornarse a sí misma, y era amable además porque tenido quince años menos que Papá”, esta frase es importante porque ella no era buena.   Mamá era apasiónate sobre las fiestas, su sociedad, y su nobleza no era amable a sus hijas.  La figura de Mamá pues no era la madre.  Las dos mujeres eran necesarias por las niñas y ellas completas las dinámicas de la familia.   

Neruda, veinte poemas

January 29, 2007

Los poemas de Neruda son interesante, pero todos hablan sobre los mismos temas; como el amor, la mujer, el cuerpo de mujer, y la naturaleza.  Neruda uso la palabra “las palabras” con mucho frequencia y yo no entiendo porque.  Es possible que Neruda escribiera los poemas para ser recuerdan por tiempo, y es possible que el quiera que “la mujer” o “las mujeres” reconozcanlo y el piensaba que sus palabras fueran muy espeical porque las palabras dicieron que “yo te amo”.   En muchos poemas, Neruda escribio como la mujer como un objecto porque el escribio sobre la cuerpa de mujer y es muy sexista y chovinista.  Pero en este momento muchos personas piensaban que la mujer fuera subordinada del hombre; entonces era bueno a escribir o hablar sobre las mujeres en este contexto. Ahora, muchas revistas y progammas en la television mostran la mujer en un estereotipo que no sea justo por las otras chicas que no sean en un estereotipo.  Yo pienso que Neruda ponga la mujer en un estereotipo tambien; porque si esta mujer no existe, el mostro una bonita chica que hicieran a otras chicas se sienten unadequate.