Redo - Megan Lawless Com L 114 December 4 2007 A Close...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
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.”
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
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
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

Page1 / 5

Redo - Megan Lawless Com L 114 December 4 2007 A Close...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online