Reinaldo Arenas: The Cuban Revolution

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Reinaldo Arenas lived in an era of great heartache which was known to many as the Cuban Revolution, which he helped bring to power in 1959. Arenas was given a scholarship by the Castro regime, that allowed the government of Cuba to steer the young men to become communists. Arena writes, "But we were so full of enthusiasm that we could not believe, or did not want to believe anything seriously bad might happen. It is almost impossible for human beings to imagine so many calamities befalling them at the same time; we had suffered continuous dictatorships, incessant abuse, and unrelenting mistreatment by those in power" (56). Even though Arenas was faced with serious challenges, he found a way to continually write what came to his mind so…show more content…
His words describe her as an authority, the one who looks out for the wellbeing of her children, and plans their daily activities. This is the way Arenas shows us, that the cuban revolution has become the ruler over the cuban people. The narrator tells us at the end of the story, that the brother is not sure weather to commit suicide like the rest of his siblings or to become a “traitor”. Despite the love for his mother and sisters, he decides to continue on with his own life throwing himself into the sea which is Arenas way of letting the reader know that he is fleeing Cuba. In my opinion, Arenas uses metaphors in the story “Goodbye Mother” so well, that if you did not know his biography, one would be forced to believe that this was about a family. In actuality, “Goodbye Mother” has nothing to do with a family, but everything to do with the Cuban Revolution. Arenas acknowledged that, "Although the poet might perish, the testimony of his writing he leaves behind is a testimony of his triumph in the face of repression and legal persecution. His triumph ennobles him and is at the same time patrimony of the human condition" (qtd. in Soto
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