Oct 03 2011

Response 2

Published by

John Rodriguez

Professor Steven Alvarez

English 363

October 2, 2011


Response 2


Garcia Marquez’s narrative, Eyes of a Blue Dog, occurs within the combined dream reality of the two main characters.  It seems like these two individuals posses a bizarre and complex passion for each other but are restricted from internal desires due to the fact that they only encounter each other during their unconscious state of minds. This frustration that both characters experience leaves the reader inquiring about the relationship between conscious and unconscious worlds. Although the entire narrative occurs within an artificial realm that consists of many ambiguous implications, Marquez uses numerous vivid “life-like” descriptions that portray human emotions, ultimately offering realness to this dream. For example Marquez writes:

Sometimes, when I sleep on my heart, I can feel my body growing hollow and my skin is like plate. Then, when the blood beats inside me, it’s as if someone were calling by knocking on my stomach and I can feel my own copper sound in the bed (Marquez 52).

Throughout the entire narrative we understand its setting takes place within a dream thus are expecting unrealistic proceedings to transpire. However descriptions like these bestows the reader with a peculiar and somewhat disturbing sense of realism in this fantasy. The sound of blood beating within your body undoubtedly represents life, and this woman constantly acknowledges that she is alive within this dream. The description of her eyes is symbolic of her presence in the unconscious. They are interchangeably decscribed as “hot-coal eyes” and “eyes of ash”.

In this picture you can see how the dog’s eyes represent this distinct realness and awareness that contrast against the obviously unreal delirious background. The woman in this narrative embodies this blue dog in a dream with unmistakably real characteristics. Throughout the story, Marquez presents the reader with the possibility of linking the unconscious with the conscious world but in the gloomy end, we find out that is unachievable.

And she, with a sad smile—which was already a smile of surrender to the impossible, the unreachable—said: “Yet you won’t remember anything during the day … You’re the only man who doesn’t remember anything of what he’s dreamed after he wakes up” (Marquez 57).


Works Cited

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. “Eyes of a Blue Dog.” Collected Stories. New York: Harper Collins Pub., 1999. Print.




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  1.   salvarezon 08 Oct 2011 at 12:27 pm

    John, nice addition of the media. Great job also presenting in class. Make sure to speak up more often during discussion because you have some ideas would could all pursue. Some of the themes you’re working on in this response, in fact, are also being written about by some of your classmates, including about dreams. Jennifer Balli writes a little about this, and I Justin Tse as well in his response. You asked in class what would be a good way to pursue this with Jahn. Well, the thing is, anything from Jahn helps. For example, let’s say that you thought the strange order of time and flashbacks was interesting because it created a “dream effect” to the story. In Jahn, he describes prolepsis and analepsis as ways to use flashbacks in narratives. You could also talk about the story in the male POV, or focalized through the male character.

    The great thing about Jahn, is you can use what he writes to make your interpretation about dreams stronger. That’s why narratology is a tool for writing about literature.

    A few things still: you need to work on the academic titles. I took off points this round because you didn’t include a title at all. Take a look at your classmate’s titles for ideas.

    The MLA for Garcia Marquez, Gabriel is wrong as well, you didn’t include the translator. Check the Purdue OWL again.

    But I gave you some credit for the addition of media. You’ll have to cite these sources later, so be aware of the MLA citation for citing images as well.

    4.3 out of 5 points.

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