Blog 40: The Guardian in AA

Nagual: a person that can transform themselves into several different animals, such as donkey, monkey, or dog, but most importantly a jaguar and a puma.

In Atomik Aztek, the nagual serves as an important part of their culture, which is believed to be a guardian spirit.

This depiction of the nagual displays the alternation between realities, Zenzo lives in two different realities where he finds himself captured within the rhelm of fighting the Europeans. The nagual goes with him every where and is always protecting him from harm.

Blog 39: The Lamantable Journey of…

Vega utilizes the narrative structure of enveloping several narrations within the story. He utilizes the matrix narration where the first degree narration is the journey of Omaha and the second is when Vega interjects within the text to adress to the readers that the novel is indeed fiction. Each narration begins as a whole and then develops into another story. The dialogue between Vega and Maruquita is written in the third-person which throws off the narrative style because she calls Vega to consider what he’s writing about Omaha’s penile extension. The novel develops into several narration where the reader switches back and forth into different stories. We get the story of Omaha’s journey and then the story of Maruquita, and then the story of Vega and Maruquita’s concerns over the novel. The matrix degrees obstructs the flow of the story where the author himself interjects several times.

Blog 38: The People of Paper

In Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper, the author plays a significant role of interjecting through the text. Her characterizes himself just like many other authors have in Don Quixote, She Lives in a Story and many other texts we’ve read. This theme of interjection displays the authoritative superority within the novel where they can control all the characters actions and destinations. The author has already planned out what will happen to the characters and how they will go about doing these actions. But is this motif overly used? Some may say that there’s too much of authorial interjections through the text which makes it redundant and makes all these novels similar. Does it make the novel more interesting? Sometimes its nice to have the author clear some misunderstanding out, but it takes away from the reader trying to decipher what these misunderstandings are about. This motif doesn’t really help the novel progress, it stops the novel dead in its tracks. The author needs to say something which’s not necessary. What Salvador Plascencia does in his novel is much different than what others have done, he doesn’t play the author in the novel but a character. Saturn is Sal but he’s a character than reigns over the novel. He’s seen as the villian which most authors could be seen as. Saturn controls each of the characters.

Blog 37: Eyes of a Blue Dog

All of these images symbolize the short story, “Eyes of a Blue Dog”, the two lovers meet in their dreams but never in reality. Through their dreams the eyes are watching their every step. Blue represents sadness which is displayed by the eyes of the dog. The image of the man and woman depcits sorrow and longing for one another.

Blog 36: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Here is a literal depiction of the man with enormous wings, old shabby and ragaddy. He looks desperate, afraid and curious.

The other image is where he’s caged with like a bird and the neighboorhood people come out to see him. They look on with awe and wonder at this spectacle.

Blog 35: Don Quixote & the Windmills

One of the most famous parts of the novel, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are by the windmills where he believes they are monsters that need to be slaughtered. This image portrays Don Quixote as a majestic knight in search of adventure and a journey leading him to greatness. Sancho looks scared for his master but Don Quixote looks like he’s giving him reassurance.

Blog 34: The Lamentable Journey of Omaha…

“Awilda Cortez was not a problem. All she wanted was a Gringorican baby, although that fact alone would add to the eventual troubles that Omaha would encounter. But how to manage Winnifred and Maruquita? Yes, the affection was still there, and her Latin ardor sated something primitive in him. But Winnifred was something else. Winnifred was the quintessence of the United States dream of aspiration, of accomplishment, of economic largesse and multiple dwellings” (Vega 166).

Torn between two women, Omaha sees something in each of them that captures his heart. Winnifred symbolizes the “american dream” where as Maruquita brings back the primitive nature that holds him to his roots. She excites him in ways the American woman wouldn’t understand. She shows him something different and closer to his heart. Winnifred on the otherhand shows Omaha the side of America thats needed and must be achieved in order to be successful. Omaha day dreams of their names in the paper presenting NYU with a new arts center which would develop his character into the ultimate rag to riches story. His connection with Winnifred displays growth and an urge for economic stablity.

Blog 33: The Lamentable Journey of Omaha…

Edgardo Vega’s novel transforms the LES into a place filled with Puerto Rican witches, transformation into various animals, and penile enlargments. Vega explores the world of the punk-rocker Omaha whose on a quest to fix his genetila problem and runs into a world of magic and wild emotions. Vega uses the novel to depict the world of the LES and how it contributes to American society by these characters. He also shows a class distinction between Maruquita and the other characters who cannot pronounce certain words and their speech isn’t as perfect compared to Omaha’s. Maruquita is an important part of the novel, noted for her shape shifting which is an essential key for old Welsh and Irish tales being depicted within a Latin American novel develops the story line as well as the genre of the novel. Most usages of shape shifting are found within these stories of the “otherworld” which parallels to the Loisaida jungle. Maruquita uses shape shifting to open the novel towards other boundaries. Shape shifting is essential and also shows the importance of that character. For Vega to implement this old irish/welsh tool shows his knowledge of this motif and also its importance.

The novel’s progression begins with descriptions of the lower east side and moves onto the journey of obtaining Omaha’s penis enlargment. Then it drives into the author’s constant interjection of his thoughts and interactions with the characters. Vega controls the novel and the direction of each character; he can make them do what he wants. By impelemting this tool it displays a common theme of Latin American literature where most authors would interject and give their thoughts or have conversations with their characters. This particular motif makes the novel a bit more interesting and ejoyable to read.

Blog 32: Atomik Aztek Meets MW2

The battle between the Europeans and the Aztek’s looks like a scene from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 video game. Kill everyone and any one that stands in your way; leave no one alive. Fire your M2 at every angle, killing everyone. Sack the place and aim high.¬†Slaughtering the Russians in Atomik Aztek might look like this in modern day.

Blog 31: The People of Paper

The People of Paper; symbolically depicts the heart made out of paper; fragile and weak. Each paper provides a quote from all the characters who are only left to be read on a piece of paper. They are nothing more than paper. The bats symbolize the destruction of the heart and Saturn; pieces falling apart.

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