Pedro Paramo - Megan Lawless Com L 114 10/24/07...

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Megan Lawless Com L 114 10/24/07 “Nights around here are filled with ghosts. You should see all the spirits walking through the streets. As soon as it’s dark they begin to come out. No one likes to see them. 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. We don’t have enough prayers to go around. Maybe a few words of the Lord’s Prayer for each one. But that’s not going to do them any good. Then there are our sins on top of theirs. None of us still living is in God’s grace. We can’t lift up our eyes, because they’re filled with shame. And shame doesn’t help.” 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. It is significant to the plot because it is the first real clarification of what is going on in the town. Until this point, Juan and the reader are confused by specters and other strange occurrences that cannot be explained. This woman gives a better idea of what the
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