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Reading Between the Lines
Transcript of Reading Between the Lines
The original meaning is - refusal to accept a society that avoids recreating itself and avoids interrupting the discovery of qualities in the different and “the other.”
By this he means that refusing to take social responsibility is selfish.
What Cavafy is telling us
"Che Fece .... Il Gran Rifiuto" is Italian and means "He did that .... The Great Refusal" in English.
C.P. Cavafy Jaime Torres Bodet
"Che Fece ... Il Gran Rifiuto" by: C.P. Cavafy
"The Window" by: Jaime Torres Bodet
The Global Issue
The big issue in both pieces of literature is "refusing to accept social responsibility". Which means when it is your time to take control and do your job you should do it, especially when people are relying on you. Your decisions can/will affect other people.
You make you're own decisions for yourself and have to face the consequences later on whether it be good or bad
Jaime Torres Bodet's view was resented in "the Window" and C.P. Cavafy's view was presented in "Che Fece... Il Gran Rifiuto".
In both of these poems, the authors believed that the choices you make have an impact, whether it be small (effecting a person) or big (effecting the world). Saying yes or saying no can be the breaking point. They seemed to have made a decision, and later on realizing it was the wrong one.
" ...Should he be asked again he would say no... No- crushes him for the rest of his life." (Che Fece)
"... behind the closed and silent window.... with that great rouch, hoarse cry!" (The Window)
Each author has a similar value of freedom of choice when faced with a difficult decision which may be a reflection of their specific time period.
The characters of these authors poems value their beliefs but also their freedom from obligation from their important positions in the world, but when they decide to make their own decision they may be filled with regret. Although regretful, they have knowledge that it was their own decision, which correlates with their value of freedom of choice.
The character believes himself to be doing the right only to realize differently later on "And yet that No- the right No- crushes him for the rest of his life." - Che Fece... Il Gran Rifiuto
Others see him as being selfish.
In both of these poems there is only one person who has power, it is themselves. They're the ones who make their life changing decision. They either say yes or they say no. They both chose no in these cases which later in life they regretted doing.
Born in 1903. Head of the Libraries Department of the Ministry of Education from 1922 to 1924 before being appointed Professor of French Literature at the University of Mexico City. In 1929, he joined the diplomatic service, in which he occupied various posts in Europe. Under-secretary for Foreign Affairs (1940-1943) then Minister of Education (1943-1946), in which capacity he launched a campaign on an unprecedented scale to combat illiteracy. Appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 1946, he had the previous year led the Mexican delegation to the London conference establishing UNESCO. Appointed Director-General in 1948, he resigned four years later. He died in 1974.
Constantine P. Cavafy
Also known as Konstantin or Konstantinos Petrou Kavafisη was a Greek poet who lived in Alexandria and worked as a journalist and civil servant. He published 154 poems; dozens more remained incomplete or in sketch form. His most important poetry was written after his fortieth birthday.
Being sociably responsible means you are doing your job; which in the end will benefit not only you but others. Here is a video that shows just how taking social responsibility can benefit the whole world and have an influence on others.