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"The Street" by Octavio Paz
Transcript of "The Street" by Octavio Paz
Possibly doesn't know what he wants out of life so he just keeps going Line 5: "Someone behind me also stepping on stones, leaves:" keeps going through the same obstacles Thesis:) "The Street" by Octavio Paz, the author uses and extended metaphor to convey the struggle of finding one's self. A long silent street.
I walk in blackness and I stumble and fall
and rise, and I walk blind, my feet
stepping on silent stone and dry leaves.
Someone behind me also stepping on stones, leaves:
if I slow down, he slows;
if I run, he runs. I turn: nobody.
Everything dark and doorless.
Turning and turning among these corners
which lead forever to the street
where nobody waits for, nobody follows me,
Where I pursue a man who stumbles
and rises and says when he sees me: nobody. A long life alone/isolated. Line 2: "I walk in blackness and I
stumble and fall" Line 6 & 7: "if I slow down, he slows;
if I run, he runs. I turn: nobody." Continuing the same thing; you don't really have set goals Line 8: Everything dark and doorless. Line 9 & 10: "Turning and turning among these corners
which lead forever to the street" Trying to look for answers Line 11,12, & 13: "where nobody waits for, nobody follows me
where I pursue a man who stumbles
and rises and says when he sees me: nobody." This is his life and he has to do this himself Each choice that he makes though will always effect his life Continues with life without knowing where to go. (Takes life as it comes.) Stumble and fall shows the obstacles he came across the way The obstacles aren't stopping him from moving forward Can't predict the future and doesn't know what lies ahead Referring to himself: repeating the same actions He looks at himself and sees "nobody" People that are typically looked at as a "somebody", do things differently to stand out Concluding: He continues the same pattern, therefore; known as a "nobody" Shift here Doesn't know where to go There is no "right way" to go Try to do things differently He is looking for a better him and to take life differently When he gets there he will at the past him and say that he WAS a nobody. Theme The theme is struggle. He struggles with obstacles in life and trying to find a better "him."