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Lethe the Cry of Orpheus Orpheus saw a small ray of light at the top of the pit he climbed, fighting his way to the surface, scratching his knees, arms, legs, and face on the jagged rocks and slippery slopes. His heart raced as he neared the exit of the Underworld. It tortured him not […]

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What I have Learned

This class is not perfect, but I have learned something from it nonetheless. When I read a story now, or even when I watch a movie, I look at the characters, the scenes, and the plot as if I would analyze it for class. If a character says something that would not fit his or […]

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Longer isn’t always better

We talked about Amy Hempel’s “In the Animal Shelter” in regards to how a good really short story is even harder to write than a good story. Mary Robinson’s “Yours” is like this too. In just two an a half pages she brings together two people who don’t seem to fit together at first glance […]

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Why Don’t You Dance?

After rereading this story by Raymond Carver, I came up with one big question: why didn’t the boy or the girl bother to ask the man why he was selling all of his things? That says something about them but I can’t quite put my finger on what that something is. The boy and girl […]

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“Passion”

I’m not sure yet how I feel about the story overall, but there are so many aspects of this story that I love and that I think Alice Munro excels at conveying to her readers. First, the story begins with the main character Grace, now in her 60’s, going back to visit the Travers’ old summer […]

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“We Have Killed the Tiger”

Garcia Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera,” is filled with rich symbolic imagery.  In my previous post discussing how this novel is indeed a love story, I focused on the motif of the “Holy Spirit.”  Again, I have found another motif that is indeed metaphorical, the “tiger.” Garcia Márquez uses this image to solidify […]

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Garcia Marquez does a spectacular job of character development and providing the reader with a rich sense of place that aids the readers in the ability to fully understand the internal struggles of each character. While I am unsure as to whether or not this truly is a love story, it is evident that the characters themselves […]

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Let us Suffer

Was it JGB that really said, ” The shorter the story – the better it has to be?” Yes, Jenny made me remember. Long suffering was definitely the point of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 240 pages that span a lifetime. Of course, it felt a bit too played out for me. Since others weighed in ever […]

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In “The Most Girl Part of You” there is a relationship with pleasure and pain that is expressed perfectly by Hempel. Even in the very beginning, “Big Guy” is trying to crack his teeth by taking back ice water and “then straightaway throws back slugs of hot coffee” (111). There is nothing pleasurable about chugging hot coffee and […]

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The Passing of Time

Even though I am not fond of the characters in Love in the Time of Cholera, I do believe that Garcia Marquez does a wonderful job with descriptions. He knows how to give us the right amount of details in just the right places. There was one part in particular that I loved. This was […]

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I Don’t Understand

Something was said in class today that I found very confusing, but I did not know what to say to it. So I am going to write it in a blog post, and hopefully someone will read this and help me understand. We were going through one of the stories when JGB said that we […]

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Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez functions as a love story primarily by highlighting the impact and weight that love has on our lives. This function, I believe, is made salient by the use of exaggeration. I think that a love story functions best through exaggeration because it helps us retell the “same old story” […]

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Setting the Record Straight

It’s easy to just label Fermina Daza as a bitch and say that she in no way deserved either of the men in her life. I’m stepping up to the plate to defend her. Florentino Ariza has been in love with her for more than fifty years, and after the day at the Arcade of […]

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What’s Love?

It seems that all the characters in Love in the Time of Cholera ask themselves if they really know what love is. They all seem to understand familial love, but romantic love baffles them well into their senior citizen years. I myself have never experienced romantic love, so I actually don’t understand it either. It would seem […]

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Every Detail Counts

Love in the Time of Cholera is an extremely extravagant novel. The pages are filled with bright colors, loud sounds, interesting textures, full odors, and complicated emotions. This novel was much longer than The Sorrows of Young Werther, as well as the stories that have been selected for us to read. With a novel of this […]

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Happily Ever Afters

Love in the Time of Cholera is of course a love story. From the opening scenes we know that the story is of longing and pining for the love of a very wonderful Fermina. The fact that the love story doesn’t run smoothly is what makes this happily-ever-after so wonderful. Page after page Florentino wishes […]

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The Holy Spirit

“Fermina,” he said, “I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century, to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting love.” (50) Love in the Time of Cholera takes the reader through pain, confusion, hope, heartbreak, and joy; all emotions that can be wrapped into one word: […]

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What Love Looks Like

For a while, I’ve been following a blog run by Louise Ma. She designs artistic diagrams and representations of abstract aspects of love. It’s a good place to go for inspiration or artistic enjoyment. Check it out: http://love.seebytouch.com

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Love Birds

After you get past the almonds and eggplants, then there the birds.  Dr. Juvenal Urbino’s death comes about because he tries to catch a bird. This detail could have been completely irrelevant to the rest of the story. Garcia Marquez could have chosen never to mention birds again. Of course, he doesn’t forget the birds […]

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LSD

It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. During the first workshop class I had with JGB, he talked about the three most common topics writers write about: love, sex, and death, or LSD. Sometimes writers cover only one or two (I’m usually an LD person), […]

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