Comparing Studied Works Post #13

1-      Samperio, “She Lived in a Story”

Samperio presents us with a labyrinth of stories intertwined within each other. Samperio writes Sagovia’s story who then writes Ofelia’s story. Ofelia lives in Sagovia’s story and feels his eyes watching her, controlling her.  At first the strange gaze she feels scares her because she has never felt it so strongly before, but she surrenders to Sagovia’s gaze and it enchants her.  Sagovia’s gaze entices Ofelia to write a story about Samperio and Sagovia, where they ultimately accept their fate.

 Similarities to Borges: Confusing, both have covert narrators who we may not be able to trust, heterodiegetic narration

Similarities to Cervantes: Contains round and flat characters, different levels of narration, readers go on a journey with the characters, matrix narrations, epiphany, discourse now, story now

Similarities to Vega: Matrix narration, round and flat characters, heterodiegetic narration, focalization changes

2-      Borges, “Pierre Menard”

In this story Borges writes about a man that is so brilliant and revolutionary that he is going to write his own version of Don Quixote, many years later and with many cultural differences apart from Cervantes.  The character supposedly hasn’t copied any of Cervantes’ original work of Don Quixote, but winds up writing the same exact passage as seen in Cervantes’ Don Quixote. In his observations of the two “distinct” passages, he claims that Cervantes’ quote was lack-luster and has no true meaning, but the same exact quote that he wrote is filled with meaning and purpose and has a poetic structure than Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

Similarities to Samperio: Confusing, both have covert narrators who we may not be able to trust, heterodiegetic narration

Similarities to Cervantes: Bases his story on Cervantes’ Don Quixote, heterodiegetic narration, flat and round characters, retrospective narration, flashback and flash-forward narration

Similarities to Vega: Overt narrator, narrative present, historical present, flashback and flash-forward narration         

3-      Cervantes, The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha

Don Quixote has indulged himself in fictional books about knight errantry and believes this way of life is reality.  His fantasy world to save people from danger has led him on many journeys as a knight errant, seeking adventures where he can fight monsters and villains.  His squire Sancho Panza accompanies him on his adventures along with his horse Rocinante.  Mostly all of his adventures end badly because he misinterprets all of his dangerous situations.

 Similarities to Samperio: Contains round and flat characters, different levels of narration, readers go on a journey with the characters, matrix narrations, epiphany, discourse now, story now

Similarities to Borges: Inspiration for Borges, heterodiegetic narration, flat and round characters, retrospective narration, flashback and flash-forward narration

Similarities to Vega: Focalization changes, overt and covert narrators, matrix narrations, free indirect discourse, epiphanies, discourse now, story now 

4-      Vega, The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle

Omaha is homeless, jobless, and is insecure about his small penis when he meets a Puerto Rican girl named Maruquita that wants to keep him as her pet.  Maruquita’s family does brujeria and Maruquita is able to change herself and other people into different animals.  Omaha asks Maruquita if she would be able to make his penis larger, and Maruquita puts together the bohango ceremony for him.  Once Omaha gets his bigger penis, he starts using it and gets a lot of girls, including Maruquita pregnant.  He starts getting into trouble with Maruquita and is ultimately turned into a monkey.

 Similarities to Samperio: Contains round and flat characters, different levels of narration, hypothetical narration, scenic presentation, matrix narrations, epiphany, discourse now, story now

Similarities to Borges: heterodiegetic narration, flat and round characters, retrospective narration, flashback and flash-forward narration

Similarities to Cervantes: Focalization changes, overt and covert narrators, matrix narrations, free indirect discourse, epiphanies, discourse now, story now, scenic presentations

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