The night he says was a " garden of eyes", meaning perhaps that each being of the universe was seeing the other, and acknowledging its presence and place in the grand design of the universe. Fearing that he is being mugged, the narrator offers him money in exchange for his life.
He is warned by the hotel keeper, blind in one eye not to venture out as there are no street lights at that place. This chance happens to be the fact that he has brown eyes and not blue eyes. He sits at the hotel entrance and does not cut a pretty picture.
It is also interesting that Balthazar felt the necessity to lie about getting sixty pesos for the cage. His father was an active political journalist and was associated with the agrarian uprisings led by Emiliano Zapata. If anything Balthazar allowed himself the opportunity to live like a rich man for one afternoon.
Or will the blues eyes serve as a trophy to assuage some feeling of being wronged and exploited? Human beings in order to obtain their object of desire, do resort to means whereby unsuspecting innocent people become victims of violence and terror.
Again when he does not really have the money to do so. Standing at the window of the room the narrator is enticed by air from the fields and the "feminine breathing of the night" and so decides to take a walk outside. There is a sense that when he is in the pool hall drinking Balthazar has excessive pride.
Something that is clearer to the reader by the fact that Balthazar has to pawn his watch in order to pay his expenses in the pool hall. The one eyed hotel keeper, occupies the space between the darkness which lies outside and the hotel.
If anything Balthazar has forgotten his ideals. Though he may have paid a heavy price with the realization that he might not be the man he thinks he is. The Blue Bouquet has a simple narrative but the issues at work in this narrative are not so simple.
This may be important as Balthazar has shown that he is a generous man even though he can ill afford to give his work away for free. The narrator senses that he is being followed but is unable to run.
Though Balthazar originally considered the cage to be quite ordinary. He is glum and reticent and has a hoarse voice but does seem to understand that the outside could pose danger. This man the narrator tells us has a soft voice, strangely gentle almost embarassed.
A life that may be driven by money and a life that is alien to Balthazar. A second image which is prominent in the narrative is that of "Eyes".
The narrator escapes this chance encounter, which brings him face to face with terror, by another chance which is genetic over which he has no control. Or does she intend to possess something which she desires, but can never have? The Mexican Indians, the original inhabitants of Mexico, man in the palm sombrero seems to be one do not have blue eyes.
The village where this incident takes place has no name either. It is also clear to the reader that Balthazar loses the run of himself when he is talking to the people in the pool hall.
Although Paz is known for his poetry, he has also published extensively, essays and book length studies on a variety of topics which include Mexican history, politics, culture and literary and art criticism.Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon Summary. Balthazar, who is almost 30, designs and makes an extraordinary wire bird cage for troupials, the large, brightly-colored national bird of Venezuela.
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Not sure what I'd do without @Kibin - Alfredo Alvarez, student @ Miami University literary analysis, gabriel garcia marquez. Writer and journalist Gabriel García Márquez was born on March 6,in Aracataca, Colombia.
Considered one of the leading Latino writers, Márquez grew up listening to numerous family tales, such as his grandfather's war stories and his parents' dating adventures.
In Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon by Gabriel García Márquez we have the theme of conflict, humility, greed, generosity and pride. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Márquez may be exploring the theme of conflict.
Nobel Prize in Literature Themes Rich vs. Poor (this goes along with Marquez's liberal ideology) Greed vs. Generosity Solitude Conflict Rich vs. poor Symbols The bird cage: the cage represents the.
`Balthazar's marvelous Afternoon' does not contain the element of the supernatural but it is a tale with a powerful moral message; it asserts the dignity of the human as opposed to the material.
Balthazar is the Christ-like figure through whose character Marquez conveys the moral in the story.Download