Oct 19 2011

Response 3

Published by

John Rodriguez

Professor Steven Alvarez

English 363

18 October 2011

Response 3 Romance in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Eyes of a Blue Dog” and Guillermo Samperio’s “She Lived in a Story”

Is love conscious or unconscious? It appears in both Garcia Marquez’s “Eyes of a Blue Dog” and Guillermo Sampero’s “She Lived in a Story”, main characters struggle to express love in the conscious physical world, but in the unconscious, the feel for affection overflows in the narrative. Why is that? One’s emotions for another starts within the body and that is seen within both these narratives. Samperio writes:

The children just went to sleep to sleep…I was reading a little…don’t you want something to eat?

No…I would prefer to start writing…

O.K. I’ll wait for you in the bedroom.

Elena left the room, blowing a kiss towards her husband off the palm of her hand. Guillermo Segovia settled down in front of his typewriter; from the drawer that he had left open, he took out several sheets of blank paper and inserted the first one. He typed the title and began to write. (Samperio 57)

I found this passage interesting because here Segovia’s wife is clearly trying to be romantic with her husband and Segovia is completely oblivious and much more concerned with his writing than going to the bedroom with his wife. His begins writing about this woman Ofeila and apparently becomes infatuated with her, in the end, imagining him meeting her. Is his fiction a substitution for his feelings and desires?

In Garcia Marquez’s narrative, these two characters have a mysterious bond that is unparallel to their conscious counter parts. They do not even know each other in the physical world but unconsciously, these two partake in the most intimate conversations that you would assume they have been together for a long time now.

Love is only evident in the unconscious therefore that is where it is created.

Work Cited
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. “The Eyes of a Blue Dog.” Collected Stories. Trans. Gregory Rabassa and J. S. Bernstein. New York: Harper Perennial, 1999. 73-82. Print.

Samperio, Guillermo. Beatle Dreams and Other Stories. Ed. Yvette E. Miller. Trans. Russell M. Cluff Texas. Latin American Literary Review Press, 1994. Print





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  1.   salvarezon 22 Oct 2011 at 3:15 pm

    John, I think I see the connection here, but you seemed to have rushed the Garcia Marquez. The Samperio you have some cool ideas here, I hope you cover some more of those in your blog posts, and hopefully develop some more about Garcia Marquez. This “substitution” idea has some relevence to narrative, because, notice, Segovia switches his wife for a “paper” woman, as in the People of Paper, and really, for the fantasy of her, and fantasies are always narratives, or imagined cases, told from specific points of view.

    Your title is getting there, but still has a little work. Please don’t include “response” in the title, as that’s not necessary, and it takes away from the orginality of your research here. You wrote this as your title:

    Response 3 Response 3 Romance in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Eyes of a Blue Dog” and Guillermo Samperio’s “She Lived in a Story”

    I think where you have Response 3, we could add something else, an attention-grabber as one of your classmates called it. For example, Substitution Love Stories” maybe. All together you would have

    Substitution Love Stories: Romance in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “Eyes of a Blue Dog” and Guillermo Samperio’s “She Lived in a Story”

    Notice it’s slightly longer, but it has all the necessary elements. Keep practicing them, they get easier, and they serve to impress instructors with your writing.

    For the works cited, remember to use Garcia Marquez’s two last names when you give the reference, Garcia Marquez, Gabriel.

    4.5 out of 5 possible points.

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