I don’t believe anyone has commented on my third writing response quite yet but I do encourage all of my group mates to do so. Considering this is going to be my research paper topic, I would deeply appreciate any insight or genuine advice as to expanding my ideas, eliminating “to be” verbs, and incorporate meaningful media sources that would further prove my point. Speaking of points, try to come up with a possible thesis regarding Nabo or anything Garcia Marquez related. Also, I’m not sure which other text I should use in addition to the Garcia Marquez short stories. I’m torn between Atomik and Omaha but if you can think of any direct connections to these or other texts we have read, please, feel free to share. Thanks.
Caitlyn, Blog #23 caught my eye because of the Matilda reference. It is true that time does elapse very quickly in the beginning of the film to give the back story to Matilda’s youth. The explanation of her dark past and lack of love from her parents leads to her picking up books and isolating herself from the nonsense that her family partakes in such as watching game shows while eating t.v. dinners. Furthermore, an ellipses is necessary in order to indicate a passage of time for the reader. Had the author or director spent the whole novel or film giving a history to their characters there would simply be no end and the reader/viewer would lose interest quite quickly. At least I would.
Rehana, I couldn’t agree more with your video about the “F” bomb. Not only is this video relevant, it is downright hilarious. After watching it I couldn’t help but think how often and how much we implement this word into our daily discourse with one another. Sadly, there are only a few people who refrain from using it in every sentence they use rather than when it is actually appropriate. Ultimately, it loses meaning when thrown around so lightly. This is particularly seen when Omaha and Maruquita drop this word approximately 3 times a page. Do you remember when this word had some sense of credibility when people only said it when they were furious? Maybe it wasn’t like that but at least it seemed that way when we were kids. Anyway, great incorporation into the book. It really is over the top in Omaha but hell, that’s reality, right?
Bibi, I found your post on the “Static Character” very relevant to my research essay topic. When Nabo is mentioned, the second character that usually comes to mind is the angel, yet the “static” girl is never given the credit she deserves. She is always overlooked but many fail to realize she is a pivotal character to the plot. Although she remains silent throughout the story, it’s as if she is there to tell us that actions speak louder than words when she turns the gramophone and barks out Nabo’s name at the end of the story. She is a symbol for Nabo’s liveliness.
Romina, nice job on your latest blog post, “Meat Packing and Aztec Sacrafrice.” One minor typo in the title (sacrifice) but other than that, you have an interesting comparison here. We Americans take our lifestyles for granted and Foster touches upon this subject by introducing parallel universes which allows us to see things from different perspectives. The juxtaposition of the meat packing factory image and the religious Aztec ritual of ripping the heart out is very reminiscent of the Indiana Jones movie. I forgot which one but that would be a sweet video inclusion for your final research paper. The video of Indy observing the ritual may not be too factual but it gets the point across, haha.
Time Square on the top is the regular Time Square while the one on the bottom is a scene out of the movie I Am Legend. The bottom image is what I imagine Omaha’s perspective looking like. Jahn’s term for this would be internal focalization on Omaha’s part. Imagining the city as a jungle is a clever idea because every person does resemble a different animal, in my opinion. Whether they’re a polar bear, a monkey, or a seagull, they all seem to reside in a wild place like the bottom image. This metaphor for the city is perfect. I, along with many others imagine the city this way because of it’s spontaneity and crazy inhabitants. Well played Yunqué. Well played.
Omaha’s sex appeal to Maruquita seems quite ironic considering he has a small penis. She imagines him being the one to eat her down there but it doesn’t seem to bother her when she finally sees it. In fact, it turns out to be amazing when they have sex because he ejaculates fireworks or something crazy. Sex seems like a reoccurring theme in this book. It’s constantly mentioned along with a plethora of vulgar language. The “F” bomb is dropped about 3 times on each page and drug use is quite excessive also. Special mushroom pizza? Omaha is high off his rocker from the very start! This book is quite a ride but at least it seems realistic. The author truly captures the language of this section of the city. Not bad.
Maruquita’s relationship with Omaha seems forced in my opinion. She basically pushed herself onto him without him even choosing to make her his girlfriend. Despite her bold approach to making him the one, he seems to go along with it by taking her to restaurants and dancing. Even though she pays for his food and gives him the change, she still seems to enjoy his company. However, she also gets easily angered by his drugged up friend, the way he dances, and the fact that he doesn’t have a job. She has a stereotypical impression of a white boy who works and provides so she forces him back into his job a Kinko’s and threatens to turn him into a pigeon if he doesn’t. Ironically, Omaha is nothing like this. He’s a lazy, degenerate bass player living off the land aka people’s charity. He seems like he’s stuck in this relationship when he realizes if he tries to escape to NJ he’ll be in even more trouble with her. Omaha is trapped.
I’m aware that this is a girl but it was the closest thing that I could imagine Omaha Bigelow looking like, minus the long hair and possibly the cross too. For someone who lives in a park and is unemployed, until Maruquita forces him back into the workforce, Omaha seems like a grimy drug addict. His ability to see animals seems fueled by his drug use. Perhaps Maruquita is the one who is deceived the most because maybe she thinks that Omaha can genuinely see people turn into animals on his own.
This image reminds me of Maruquita and her grandmother pooping on innocent people on their daily routines as seagulls. Seems very vindictive if you ask me. I know that they’re witches, or brujas, but why turn into seagulls? If they were really that powerful, why wouldn’t they turn into a mightier bird like an eagle, falcon, or even a condor! That would really scare the people. Edgardo Vega Yunqué’s choice to make Omaha’s girlfriend a witch is very unique and I can’t wait to see where this plot is heading.