Carlos Fuentes
The Death of Artemio Cruz


Text extracted from Harry Velez's FL380 site

An Outline of Artemio Cruz's Dilemmas

The self:-fragmentation
a. Other possible selves (the other)
b. "the traitor and the hero"
c. malinchismo
d. persistence
e. chingones y chingados
f. authenticity
g. as a body
h. as validated by survival

Guilt:
a. living with the knowledge of someone else's sacrifice for one's own life

Fear of intimacy
a. inability to enter in meaningful relationships with others

Rage:
a. the frustration of having succeded at having everything and having failed at living truthfully

Choice: the roads not taken: the other "I"'s that we could have been but rejected

Death and memory:
a. a second chance to make reality coincide with desire
b. a return to innocence (the garden)
c. a confrontation with choices -good & bad- that were made
d. a purge of guilt, fear, frustration
e. an epiphany of self -peace with one's own self

 

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