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Ashes for the Wind

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Transcript of Ashes for the Wind

Ashes for the Wind
By Hernando Téllez

-Raman Bassi
Plot Diagram
1. Introduction
2. Initial Incident
3. Rising Action
4. Climax
5. Falling Action
6. Conclusion
Setting:
1. Juan's home and village are described. Troubles his family went throught are also told. Juan already has had a bad name as a young boy.
2. Juan and his wife, Carmen recieve a visit from Simon Alrevalo's son. He tells them that they better clear out of their home.
Time: Not long after the 1950's
Place: Poor part of a small town in a hispanic country.
Conflict
Character vs Society/Government
Juan vs Society/Government
Juan and his family are pursecuted for voting for the person that did not win the election and were labled as the ones who were resisting. The policeman stated "So you, too, are one of those who are resisting?" (54). That is why the authority were driving them out of their home and in the end burned down their home. Arevalo said "You've had fair warning. Clear out, and clear out fast"(55). Juan voted for the opposing side during the election and because of that he was getting thrown out of his house with his family.
Characters
Protagonist: Juan Martinez
A man with a wife and a child. He owns a small house in a poor neighbourhood surrounded by fields. He voted for the opposing party in the recent election and is very confident and stubborn in his opinions He refused to leave town because he wants to keep his farm. His character goes under no significant change, and we never explore his personality in depth. Juan is a flat and static character.

4. Juan and his family's house is lit on fire and Juan, Carmen and the baby all die inside.
Point of View
The point of view is limited omniscient because the narrator is in nobody's mind besides Juan. Throughout the story the narrator describes what Juan thinks or feels and states what the other characters are just doing.
Policeman
He is a flat character, because the story only describes one side of him. The policeman is cruel because he carries around a whip and talks in a threatening way. He was also drunk when he went to Juan's house in the morning. When Juan's house was buring down the policeman was having fun and enjoying the show.
Mood
Tone
Threatening
"You've had fair warning. Clear out, and clear out fast"(55). Juan and his family are being forced out of their own home or else the police/government will kill them.
Irony
Foreshadowing
"[At] Don Rimulo['s]... store they had refused to give [Juan] oil (53). This hints to the reader that they are going to use the oil elsewhere.
Carmen says "they'll have to kill us" (52). before they make us leave our house. This is a major hint because it clearly says "kill us," and in the end they do.
Theme
The theme is when to make your own decisions and stand your ground, also power is almost always corupt one way or another
"He said if we weren't gone by the end of the week, they'd come and put us out" (52).
This quote shows how Juan's family was in danger because of who he voted for in the recent election. Juan was not ashamed that who he voted for did not win, he stood by his vote and was not pressured into voting for someone else.
"So you too, are one of those who are resisting?" (54).
Juan did not keep his vote a secret which ended him in trouble; his family died alongside him. He had the right idea to stand by your own choice and think for yourself, but what he failed to understand that there is a time and place to back down.
Symbolism
The Oil
The Whips
3. Juan recalls Don having a run in with the police. Benavides and Juan talk to the policeman. In the present shots are fired waking up the family. Juan and his family are asked to leave one last time, but they refuse to leave.
5. The policeman with the whip was laughing. The five of them go back to town.
6. Arevalo and the policeman tell the mayor how Juan put up a resistance and they burned the house with him.
Antagonist: Arevalo
Arelavo is a static and flat character. He is the son of Laura and Simon Arevalo, who were good friends with Juan. He works for the government and he carries out their dirty work for them. His tendencies never change. We only see one side of him; his dark side. He refuses to make eye contact with Juan and shows signs of shame, but never falls short of his orders. he is nervous as well as sneaky.
The government is suppose to protect and provide justice and freedom to their people. In the story the exact opposite happens. The government is threatening and burning down people's houses. "The house burned easily" (55). Instead of caring and resolving problems the government is taking the "simple" route and just killing those who do not listen; or in this case, Juan who did not vote for them.
At the store, Arevalo said, "he's one of the quite ones" (54). The policeman replied "we'll see, we'll see" (54). He said that and then smiled in a omnious way. You can take away how the policeman smiles after he says that. As if he knows whats coming.
The oil is representative of the corruption within the government. Juan is denied the oil at Don Rumolo Linares' store because they were "out of oil," depite the fact that Juan could see the oil dripping into a canister right in front of him. He knew something was wrong with the situation, but did not speak up. if Juan made a wrong mve he could very well go up in flames, just as the oil would.
The whips that the policemen carry around show how corrupt the government is. If anyone does not obey the law, they are to be cracked upon.
The Fire
The fire symbolizes the family's bravery. Fire is often seen as a weapon to dystroy, but it also represents passion and strength. Juan and his family were adamant about staying in their home. In the end they chose what they believed in. Even though they died, their fire and sacrifice lives on.
The End!
Situational Irony:
Desperate and Suspicious
"The neighborhood was a poor one"(52). This means Juan and his family are poor too. He will not be able to provide another home which is why he does not want to leave.
"But the oil was there, thick and shiny"(53). It is odd how Don Romulo tells Juan there is no more oil left, even though Juan could see the oil right in front of him.
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