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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Original English Version-Revision 2

I don't hear the dogs Barking by Juan Rulfo (Analysis)-Revision 2
I liked the beginning of the story better where there seemed to be a symmetry between the earth, the men and the journey.  The story was a sort of unraveling, a cautious tale of the senses that became more clear in definition until the heart of the story was revealed.   The burden of the son seemed to be a chosen affliction, not a curse as stated later.  The death of the child was not the climax, it was the father who already nailed his son to the cross by saying he cursed the blood in him.  The story became rather sparse and bitter with no empathy for either character in the end.  Maybe the original root of hatred did come from the father who never had the capacity to love.  The son was too weak to argue or even defend himself.   The father seemed to know everything about the son with quick judgments and the quality of the son's friends.  The father used the last moments of his son's life and breath to continue the curse and lay slaughter to any hope possible making his own burden of guilt meaningless.  The physical effort of carrying him to help was also an action that spoke of a bond but more of a ritual he felt obligated to do.   The ultimate question was, was the father shedding his guilt or bearing the weight of his son’s sins?  Only the reader can answer that.  
The father left him on a street in front of a clinic.  He watched over him until death then abandoned him again.  The heritage of his father was not felt in death or he would have given his son a proper burial.

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