1) compare and contrast the ways in which the children, women, and men react to the drowned man. How do you account for the differences in their reactions?
The children play with his corpse, the women are incredibly emotional, and the men are initially not emotionally attached. Children don’t always understand the concept of death, women are stereotypically overemotional, and men are portrayed as down-to-earth/practical than women.
2) how does the drowned man’s stature contrast with the dimensions of the village?
The drowned man is much too large to comfortably fit in any of the village houses.
3) what does the drowned man come to symbolize for the people of the village?
he comes to symbolize a dramatic and positive change in the attitude of the villagers.
4) how does the spirit of the villagers change as a result of their experience with Esteban? In what way do their new plans for the village reflect this change?
The spirit of the villagers becomes more cheerful, more open, and more hardworking. They make their houses bigger and more open and paint them cheerful colors, and work much harder for the sake of planting flowers, which are most likely going to be cheerful colors.
5) how is the nature of the village’s transformation hinted at in the story’s subtitle, A Tale For Children?
Tales for children are often either warnings against doing things (often wandering off) or lighthearted stories with a moral at the end.
6) some critics have characterized Garcia Marquez’s style of writing as ‘magical realism’.do you think this phrase is a good description of his style in this story? Explain.
I guess, since the villagers have no problem accepting the concept of a giant man being one of the villagers. Or a giant man washing up on the beach from somewhere very far away and then holding a funeral for him.
7) philosophers have sometimes expressed the idea that the key to releasing human potential is to expand people’s imaginations. Explain how this story supports that notion.
The women’s imaginations make Esteban into a real person instead of just a random giant drowned corpse, and as such they hold a wonderful funeral and resolve to change their entire village and outlook on life.
What is Marquez saying about the power of myth?
The power of myth is such that it can cause a real and dramatic change for the people reading/hearing it.
Read Nobel prize speech (1221). Summarize Marquez’s view of Latin America. What solution does he give for Latin America’s problems? Do you agree? Explain.
Latin America has been isolated from the world, but is full to bursting with potential that the rest of the world simply can’t seem to understand. It’s repressed by the rest of the world, but Latin America defies the oppression and continues to live, in the face of internal violence and natural disasters.
Marquez’s solution is to create a utopia. I don’t agree, because it’s been tried several times over, and it won’t last. If he can do it, that would be incredibly awesome, but it’s practically guaranteed that something will come along to mess it up.
Read Faulkner’s Nobel prize speech. What does it say about the cold war? What is his hope/solution for humanity? Do you agree? Explain.
It says that the cold war created such an atmosphere of fear that it completely paralyzed the creativity of writers and poets, cutting them off from the struggles of the heart that are ‘the only thing worth writing about’. His proposed solution is to use writing to remind everyone about compassion and hope and everything else, to use writing as a ‘prop’ to hold humanity up. I… Kind of agree with this. Yes, writing would help, but only if a significant number of people hear about it and if governments change their courses of action. Writing things would help, but not by itself.