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saer final - David Grauer January 15, 2008 SPA 222 Final...

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David Grauer January 15, 2008 SPA 222 Final Paper Trances, Mesmerization and the Threat of Uncertainty: an Examination of the Father Figure in Saer’s El Entenado In his first words, Saer’s narrator, el entenado, declares, “De estas cosas vacías me quedó sobre todo la abundancia del cielo. Más de una vez, sentí diminuto bajo ese azul dilatado: en la playa amarilla, éramos como hormigas en el centro de un desierto” (Saer, p. 9). This awestruck, haunting fear of “cosas vacías” and unknown developed not as an innate, hereditary characteristic, but rather as a result of el entenado’s contact with one of the few strong father figures in his life – the sea captain. Though his character occupies but a fraction of the novel, the psychological recourses of his personality and actions have a tremendous effect on el entenado. Most specifically, the captain’s penchant for distant and inscrutable trances seem to be the main contributor to el entenado’s aforementioned fear. This essay will seek to examine the several faces of this cause and effect scheme. In a roughly chronological manner, it will begin with an examination of the two different trance – like states into which the captain repeatedly falls. The focus will then move onwards to the direct effect these trances have on the young entenado . This effect manifests itself most noticibly during el entenado’s later years. Thus, the analysis will conclude with a discussion of el entenado’s later life examined through the lens of this interaction between these two men. The difference between the captain’s two states are so drastic that the men exclaim that, instead of one, they have “dos capitanes” (Saer, p. 13). What is important to note in the descriptions of both of the captain’s states is that these descriptions are
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always second hand and removed in time, for el entenado is writing this book at the end of his life. One only need note the first person, past tense setting used almost exclusively throughout the entire novel. As a result, many of the narrator’s speculations about the reasons or thought processes behind the trances are, most likely, influenced both by el entenado’s own thought process and memory. In this way, one must be reluctant to trust the explanations el entenado offers, and instead, should rely on the physical descriptions of the captain’s states and situations influencing each. With this proviso in mind, let us delve into each of the two opposite states of the captain. One of the “dos capitanes” amounts to what you would expect from a typical captain found throughout sea novels. He is an “austero y distante” person who runs his ship with a strict regimen of “disciplina” (Saer, p. 12). Despite his almost authoritarian command, or possibly as a result of, the men respect and revere him. His courage and presence is enough to stymie the rebellion that takes place on their first landfall. He simply stands between the two factions and the two factions “se olvidaron por completo
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