Imagery and Metaphor as Level of resistance in Miguel Asturias' The President
In The President, Miguel Angel Asturias uses chaos as his initial device to start a sociable examination of nasty versus good under the stresses of a terrifying dictatorship. To paint a vivid picture of the personal and social atmosphere under the regime with the President, Asturias wields abundant and abstract imagery, repeating and metaphors throughout his novel to punctuate, forecast, and illuminate. Wind is definitely one of these continual metaphors, which is used like a representation of the storm producing, a constant reminder (premonition of) that what is to arrive. Like the weather conditions, acts of political tyranny cannot be foreseen with very much clarity. The underlying corruption of government, represented by lures, d the rotting, situation on which the storyline is founded.
While the images of Satan versus Savior is manifest in Miguel Angel Face's metamorphosis activated by his love for Camila. What develops as a result of lunacy, can be described as deeply metaphoric discourse upon good vs . evil in the face of corruption.
The introductory lines of The Director illuminates a feeling of disjointed turmoil under that this story can unfold, " Alumbra, lumbre de alumbre, luzbel de piedralumbre! " (p5). The disorder of this opening provides an insight into the turmoil of the world in which the characters in the book live (Walker, 1970), that of a terrorizing dictatorship. To even more indicate this kind of sense of instability, Asturias uses the acts of any lunatic to propel conditions of every one of the primary characters inside the novel. The lunatic, el Pelele, symbolizes the confusion of the residents of the President's reign (1970); he is a taunted, subjugated, victim of circumstance. El...
... ames of creativeness, fire the hopes for liberty described by Asturias inside the President.
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Asturia, Miguel Angel, (NA). El Seor Presidente. Editorial Lex. La Habana, Cuba.