COLT 102 The Hour of the Star

COLT 102 The Hour of the Star - COLT102 TheHouroftheStar

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COLT 102 The Hour of the Star Macabéa, Olímpico from North-East Brazil o Macabéa is defined by/stereotyped by the North-east “Happiness? I have never come across a more foolish word, invented by  those unfortunate girls from north-eastern Brazil” (p. 12) p. 14, p.18, p.21 all refer to Macabéa as the girl form the north-east North-east is additional defined by Macabéa o Pair contrasting figures Strongly marked male vs. female terms, generalizations Olímpico has goals and ambition, while Macabéa does not City has had a more negative effect on Macabéa, she is a victim of  the city Underscored by her gender Referred to as the girl, never as a woman Gloria vs. Macabéa Gloria is “buxom,” successful at work Higher social class than Macabéa o Lower middle class with family From South of Brazil o Provides Gloria higher social standing due to  physical traits of origin
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Both are typists at small company Service sector jobs are traditionally held by women o Elements of Rootlessness Misfortune Against Misfortune o Anger Macabéa is content, or at least unaware of her misfortune Olímpico however has latent anger Murdered in presumably the north-east Steals when given the opportunity Narrator become an actor in the story o 13 alternative/provisional titles are offered All convey a sense that living in this condition should be something to protest  against Macabéa says yes to the bad, no to favors, help and “indulgence” Doctor notices she is starving herself Macabéa is unable to view her life as different Issues of gender and/or fate and/or ethnicity? Macabéa is confined by one or all Macrocosm/Microcosm Story is a part of the whole of Macabéa’s life She is just one of many who live similarly o He has strong feelings/emotions regarding Macabéa
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Narrator repeatedly cuts her down, abuses her Claims to be the only one who loves/cares for girl Sexual attracted to her? Comments on her vagina as the only sign she is alive Paradox/juxtaposition of language Does Macabéa deserve our attention Picks up a story that seems unworthy of being told Mundane life Had she protested, would have called for an interesting novel Are unremarkable/insignificant lives worthy of paying attention too? Raises questions of individuality in an urban setting
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course COLT 102 taught by Professor Duplessis during the Spring '09 term at USC.

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COLT 102 The Hour of the Star - COLT102 TheHouroftheStar

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