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Megan Lawless Com L 114 December 4, 2007 A Close Reading of a Paragraph from Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo [1] What happens is that they stay close to home. [2] I don’t know what they do by day, but I know they spend their nights locked up indoors. [3] Nights around here are filled with ghosts. [4] You should see all the spirits walking through the streets. [5] As soon as it’s dark they begin to come out. [6] No one likes to see them. [7] There’s so many of them and so few of us that we don’t even make the effort to pray for them anymore, to help them out of their purgatory. [8] We don’t have enough prayers to go around. [9] Maybe a few words of the Lord’s Prayer for each one. [10] But that’s not going to do them any good. [11] Then there are our sins on top of theirs. [12] None of us still living is in God’s grace. [13] We can’t lift up our eyes, because they’re filled with shame. [14] And shame doesn’t help. [15] At least that’s what the Bishop said. [16] He came through here and I went to him and confessed everything: “’I can’t pardon you,’ he said. [17] “’I’m filled with shame.’ [18] “’That isn’t the answer.’ [19] “’Marry us!’ [20] “’ Live apart!’ [21] “I tried to tell him that life had joined us together, herded us like animals, forced us on each other. [22] We were so alone here; we were the only two left. [23] And somehow the village had to have people again.”
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This paragraph from Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo appears nearly half way through the novel. It is part of a dialog between Juan Preciado and a woman- the first person he meets on his journey who is actually alive. She is the wife and sister of a man named Donis. The woman and her brother take Juan in and give him a place to sleep, and shortly thereafter Juan dies. It is a pivotal point in the story because it is the first explanation that Juan Preciado, and the reader, has for the way things are in Comala. It is also a turning point in Juan’s quest for his heritage. The
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  • Spring '08
  • ROMERO-RIVERA,MARCE
  • Juan, Comala

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