Sunday, January 24, 2010


hey again!
Hope anyone who reads my blog is having an great weekend :) I'm watching the football game.. GO SAINTS! I really hope that they beat the Vikings... however if they do lose the only other team I would be happy about winning the superbowl would be the Vikings. I know this has nothing to do with what the blog is supposed to be about.. BUT I AM JUST WAY TO EXCITED right now. Anyways.. without further adieu.

El Reino de este mundo is a perfect cuenta to study at especially at this time because of the recent most terrible earthquake that struck HAITI. It is interesting to learn about the spanish influence and also french.In the prologue Carpentier talks about "the inversion of the reality" found in the magic and the tropical vegetation. The magic is created in the natural forms and metamorphosis and symbiotic relationships between the animals, the elements and the people. Furthermore, the wealth found from reality is that of the illumination of the natural world. In a very artistic voice Carpentier describes his vision of the marvelous found in what's real. Which is my understanding of why this novel fits our course outline... ie: magical realism. The chapter I enjoyed the most was the metamorphosis. It to me was a perfect example of something real, yet also marvelous. The patriotism of the land and the natural phenomenons are also connected. One might say that it is an example of magical realism. Ti Noel, the protagonist represents this theme in human form so to speak he is dominating of the strength found in the natural world and practices exercises of the metamorphosis. Francios Mackandal, is a character who in real life was the leader of the Haitian Revolucion and his persona is symbol of the reality also found in the story. There is a large french influence in the book that I thought showed how connected the european world was and how as a unit they influences the new worlds they conquered.

The half time show is almost over so I best be getting back to the football game. I look forward to hearing what will be shared in class about EL REINO DE ESTE MUNDO! I was wondering about the significance of the title. I know it is mentioned on page 19 "Ese es un rey de tu pais". But I'm still trying to make a greater connection.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

leyendas de cortinas de colores

hola el mundo de BLOG :)

If you are going to make a comment on my blog I recommend skipping the english part because it really is just a bunch of random thoughts filling up the needed word count :)
So this weekend has been busy for sure... like always. I finally was able to tear myself away from the football games to read the leyendas of guatemala, but this time I didn't print them off, trying to save paper. My eyes are now mostly seeing everything as a blur from reading the computer screen for so long. I'm not sure if I got the main point of these leyendas but I hope this blog is an alright version of an analysis. I have to wonder though how these legends were told at the time they were created. I guess it was oral translation, but maybe they were acted out. Anyways, it started me thinking on how stories are interpreted and that even if I don't get what is collectively agreed upon by scholars, perhaps my interpretation opens up other doors???... that being said I don't really plan on publishing it on wiki.

Voy a probar y escribir en espanol, pero no puedo encontrar los acentos en esta BLOG cuaderno de texto.. por favor perdoname. Creo que las leyendas para esta semana son fantasicas porque me gusta la idea de las conversaciones entre los hombres quienes representan mas. Por el ejemplo, Cuculcan es un simbolo del sol, "! soy como el sol!". Las conversacions entre los hombres me hace sentir como estoy parte de la conversacion un poco, o mas o menos como estoy alli en la leyende pero no parte de la conversacion.
Hay tres colores presentan que se puede asociadar con los tres tiempos del dia: la noche, la tarde y la manana, amarillo, rojo y negra. Las imagenes que son presentado en las leyendas son importantes para una comprendacion mas grande. Colores son intresantes porque como el tiempo, son imposibles para describir exatamente. Con esta mezcla de color y tiempo el autor hace posible una relacion con los sentimientos y los colores. Los colores son presentados con otros elementos de la vida naturaleza. Es una formacion de una creacion y un senso de intercambio de los energios. Todo el mundo naturaleza vive de la existancia del sol y su energio. En contraste el mundo magico existe en la noche porque es no necesario que se vea la evidencia "seeing is believing". Es tambien la hibrida de magico y realismo. Las cortinas de colores muestran la contraste entre la manana, la tarde y la noche, pero al mismo tiempo creo que dice que nada pueda ser sin los otros.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

SPAN 365- Asturias

Hello there,

That was a ton of reading for a first weekend back at school. However, I truly enjoyed the legends and found them most entertaining. It is interesting to see how writing historical content in a completely non historical or scientific manner can capture a reader such as myself and create a world in which I desire to travel to in reality. Through use of language, Asturias was still able to transport me to his settings, in which I gladly lost myself in the legends. These stories helped me to better understand the meaning of "magical realism". To be quite honest when I first heard the term I was flabbergasted at what type of "cuento" belonged to such a category. The magic comes from the descriptions and the world the author creates through use of his poetic voice and magical elements; most evident in Asturias reference to the natural world, and the reality comes from the fact that this real world, described in a magical tone was inhabited by the indigenous people. The indigenous people have an unbelievable connection to the natural world. The energies between earth, sky, water and fire, are found in the daily lives of the inhabitants and these legends are a major part of the culture.

Many of the stories contain descriptions of the inhabitants customs and traditions, especially there religious ceremonies that involved sacrifice. The spiritual reference is important I think because it draws towards a sense of identity that the inhabitants had. The natural world obviously played a major role in the spiritual sense. It is a major aspect of a culture that is vital to better understand their differences.

I could see how these legends were used as a marketing tool to advertise the new world. The descriptions of the enormous amount of wealth found in the new world: emeralds, pearls, gold, fertile lands, and other rare resources, all acted as temptations to the European mindset and merchants in search of new found wealth. Perhaps however this ended up doing more harm than good to the people of Guatemala.

My favourite legend is "leyenda de tatuana". For me, los caminos, are metaphors for the different paths one can take in life. I interpreted a sense of optimism is necessary when viewing life, that there is freedom found in one's dreams and love can make one's reality seem as a dream. Like the other legends I found the story serves a greater purpose and helpful life lessons and that wealth is not necessarily measured by possession either. The tattoo is kinda cool at the end too. Still today I find people get tattooed with symbols they find important or to remind them of something significant.

Thought these stories were awesome and I had fun reading them :)

PS. I hope this is how we are supposed to blog.. if not ...SORRY. catch ya on the flypside. xx

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


hola mi nombre es laura. :)
COOOOOOOOOOL.... this is what blogging is like.