Media blog 5 : Magical Realism in Like Water for Chocolate/ Como Agua Para Chocolate


This video made me realize that magical realism even in movies can be quite entertaining. Magical realism being a certain type of fiction in which magical elements blend in with the real world and in this video can be seen pretty clearly. My favorite part being when the mothers water breaks and at 1:22 you see that so much water came out from her that it is even flowing down the stairs. A sense of exaggeration used to entice or keep the viewer at the edge of their seats or enteratined. Gabriel Garcia Marquez also tends to use magical realism in many of his stories which is what I think captures the majority of his audiences attention.

Media blog 4 : Colombian Surrealist Marco Tulio’s Painting

I picked this painting since we once discussed paintings in class and their point of focalization. I enjoy this painting because the painter Marco Tulio uses many objects in this picture yet we mainly focus on just one thing when we look at it. I focused on the blue bird. After analyzing it further, your eyes adjust to the right where you see the cat staring at you the viewer. Then your eyes focus back to the bird and the string on its foot which lead me to then look at the swing on top where it must have gotten freed from. Even the big orange book plays a role in the picture. For me it looks as if the book might fall of the table and then the bird might fly away. This is why I find focalization so intriguing because you never know from what point of view to look at things from.

Media blog 3 : The Way We View Yunque’s Novel

I picked both of this covers to dicuss again the cover images that were chosen for this type of book. I feel that in some sense people who chose the first cover pick to read the book because it has to do with city life and what goes on when you live in the ghetto. Yet those who pick the 2nd cover not only are interested in a simple city life story but a story based on love and romance and the trouble two lovebirds go through. I think that depending what the covers look like is what the reader 50% of the time expects the book to be about. Although we always say ‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ , many people nowadays still do just that.

Media blog 2 : Cobra and it’s Cover Choice

For this media blog I chose the cover of the book itself we read in class since it seemed a bit odd to me. I asked myself why the author chose this cover, why did he choose to have this figure stand there alone in representation of Cobra him/herself? Is this the image of the character Cobra the author Sarduy wanted us to imagine? If so then also why is the background just plain black as if the character is lost in some type of darkness with no way out. Considering all the different types of images and characters explained throughout the story, I just couldn’t help but wonder all this.


Media blog 1 : A Farewell Letter

Considering the person who was said to have written this work was Gabriel Garcia Marquez, I found this video suitable since we have read his stories for class. This poem or letter as is it called is pretty touching and one of Marquez’s works that was said to be one of the most sorrowful. Many people believed this to be Garcia Marquez’s final farewell since his health had been rumored to be failing but it was found out that it was not the case. The poem turned out to be the work of a Mexican ventriloquist named Johnny Welch. Welch had written the poem for his puppet sidekick “Mofles”. Garciz Marquez never truly commented on this although many were dissapointed he did not write it. On another hand, I think the way the author of this video had a nice touch with the music making this piece even more sentimental and the way he made the words on the screen go higher as if the words were really going up to heaven while the person is speaking to God makes it very interesting.

Extra Blog – Response to Classmates Comments

I actually had fun and found it interesting reading my classmates blogs. They each had such different perspectives on what we’ve read and what the different authors had in mind when writing things. I wish we had done more of this earlier in the course to possibly get an idea on different ways of interpreting things. I think that even if the classmates that I wrote comments for do not know it, they all definitely learned something new in the arts of the English language and our way of looking at the things we read or watch on t.v.

Overt Narration and Monologue of Isabel

An overt narrator is one who refers to him/herself in the first person (“I”, “we” etc.), one who directly or indirectly addresses the narratee, one who offers reader-friendly exposition whenever it is needed (using the ‘conative’ or ‘appellative’ discourse function), one who exhibits a ‘discoursal stance’ or ‘slant’ toward characters and events, especially in his/her use of rhetorical figures, imagery, evaluative phrases and emotive or subjective expressions (‘expressive function’), one who ‘intrudes’ into the story in order to pass philosophical or metanarrative comments, one who has a distinctive voice.(N3.1.4)

Garcia Marquez uses an overt narrator in the story Monologue of Isabel. On page 100 it says, “I may have slept a little that night when I awoke with a start because of a sour and penetrating smell like that of decomposing bodies. I gave a strong shake to Martin who was snoring beside me. ‘Don’t you notice it?’ I asked him.” Throughout the story this is how Isabel speaks. She even refers to herself as “we” in parts of the story that contain other people. We are able to see things through Isabel’s eyes as the story goes along and we only see what it is that she (or Garcia Marquez being that he is her creator) want us to see. We can read what she is saying, what she is doing and even what she is thinking throughout this story as well. I believe that it is an interesting way to go in having the story in this second-person narrative because it makes it interesting since you are able to know all the details from a narrators point of view to the character, since after all the character herself is the narrator. In the end on page 102 when she says, “Good Lord, I thought then, confused by the mixup in time.” it feels to me as the reader that she is speaking to us directly but we don’t know if it is because she know’s we are the readers or because maybe she is just writing all this down on her diary or something and that is why we only hear her point of view.

Direct Discourse in Garcia Marquez

direct discourse A direct quotation of a character’s speech (‘direct speech’) or (verbalized) thought (‘direct thought’). Direct speech is often placed within quotation marks, explicitly signaling the transition from quoting to quoted discourse. (Jahn N8.5)

In Dialogue with the Mirror, Garcia Marquez uses direct discourse by having the male character in this story speak to himself in a sense. “Eight-twelve. I will certainly be late. He ran the tips of his fingers over his cheek.” You can see that he (the character) is saying he will be late yet it is not in quotation marks. The only character found in the story besides the object being the mirror is this man. He was talking to himself in his own thoughts which is what Garcia Marquez is trying to show us yet we can also see that he is not saying it aloud because of the quotation marks.


Recurrence With Time in Big Mama’s Funeral

The only thing left then was for someone to lean a stool against the doorway to tell this story, lesson and example for future generations, so that not one of the world’s disbelievers would be left who did not know the story of Big Mama, because tomorrow, Wednesday, the garbage men will come and will sweep up the garbage from her funeral, forever and ever.(Garcia Marquez 214)

In another blog I had mentioned how Garcia Marquez used the repeating of words to make a point in this story. Like on page 209 when he repeats ‘blahblahblah’ and ‘words, words, words.’ In this case, in this passage he does not use the repeating to the extreme like that but at the end of the sentence when he says forever and ever, he is in a sense repeating a period of time which in this case is forever. It also specifies how ‘tomorrow’ will be ‘Wednesday’ and how that is ‘when’ the garbage men come. Another sense of time I found in this passage was when Garcia Marquez mentions ‘future generations’ and having them know of whom Big Mama was. It is interesting because this one passage you get a sense of now, tomorrow, Wednesday (which leaves you thinking how soon is that, maybe a couple of days…) and then finally the future.

Time and Descriptions

He tried to run. He reached the door, anguished, but he hadn’t even taken one step across the threshold when he realized that he didn’t have time to make the train. When he returned to the table, he had forgotten his hunger; he saw a girl next to the gramophone who looked at him pitifully, with the horrible expression of a dog wagging his tail.(Garcia Marquez 178)

Again here in One Day After Saturday, we see Garcia Marquez using the usage of time to intertwine with what is happening in the story and how things take place. The way it is narrated here, one can almost see as I did in my head a boy running to make a train. Not only can you see it but with the description you can also feel how ‘anguished’ the boy must have felt by having missed the train. Then it states how the boy has forgotten that he was hungry after the whole train scenario and again you feel like you the reader are the one that all of a sudden is hungry and have a girl sitting in the side looking at you with pity. I feel that the way Garcia Marquez uses words with time and descriptions, it makes his stories very entertaining and definitely drags the reader into the book at one point or another.



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