Tropes of Juan Rulfo

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Jereme Matos English 160 Midterm Essay Professor February 26, 2013 Key Tropes used by Juan Rulfo 3. Clearly identify and fully discuss the key tropes that Juan Rulfo uses in Pedro Paramo to portray conditions in Mexico after the inconclusive revolution of 1910-1917. The first key trope I would like to introduce is how the book begins and ends, with one of the characters Abundio. A reason why the author chooses to do this, is because it can chow character development throughout the story. It also illustrates if things in the story did or did not change. When the reader first meets Abundio in the beginning of the story, Dyada refers to Abundio, “He’s a good man. One you can trust” (Rulfo 16). Now the reader gets the impression that Abundio is truly a good man, and the reader can now also trust this character and make assumptions that Abundio could even help Juan Preciado on his journey to find his father. Later on into the end of the story, it is revealed that Abundio’s wife dies and he becomes depressed, and his way of solving his problems is to go to the bar and drink away his sorrows. Abundio then asks Damiana Cisneros for money so he can bury his dead wife. Damiana gets startled and screams. Abundio then stabs his father Pedro Paramo, the man and the father Juan Preciado was in search for throughout the book. Now with some minor background information on Abundio from the beginning of the novel to the end he has changed from the trustworthy good man the reader thought he was to the potential man that could have killed his father Pedro Paramo. When Juan first enters Comala he meets Abundio, Juan depends on him for information on his father, and where he might find him. As a reader of this novel looking back onto the story, why doesn’t Abundio come out with the truth about the situation that happened between him and his father? Some explanations I

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