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"Tuesday Siesta"


Ryan You

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of "Tuesday Siesta"

By: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Andrew Lee, Ryan You, Sean Lo Narrative Structure A mother's love for her son through humiliation and hardships serves as the story’s theme. "Tuesday Siesta" Exposition:
- Mrs. Centeno and her daughter are found travelling by train.
- Much is found during the ride such as their economic status and where (although not specifically) they're heading to. The setting is also hinted from things like the title, the weather etc.
- It is noted here that they're going to prepare for a certain thing.
- Mrs. Centeno tells her daughter not to "drink anywhere" (Marquez 136) and not to cry. Mrs. Centeno (Round) - Old, decrepit
Calm or indifferent- Action: She held in her emotions.
- It is found that she "stared at [the priest] with quiet self-control"
(Marquez 138).
- She calmly replies back when the priest asks if she tried "to get him on the right track" (138).
-The priest notes that both she and the girl "were not about to cry" (140).
-Speech/Thought: Mrs. Centeno was already preparing to act this way in the first place. One example can be seen when she tells her daughter not to cry. Mrs. Centeno
Thoughtful/ Absent-minded
When invited to sit down, Mrs.Centeno "remained standing, absent-mindedly, with both hands clutching the portfolio" (Marquez 137). Something- possibly Carlos- appears to be on her mind.
- Didn't seem to notice or understand that people were watching the house a until a little after the priest told her.
- She was a bit absent- minded on the train. Analepsis- There is a flashback to the day of death of Carlos Centeno, and how it happened.

In Medias Res- The story jumps straight into the train scene and the reader doesn't know what's happening

Antecedant- Refer to the analepsis. It also happens when Mrs. Centeno reveals that her son was a boxer.

Metaphor- The mother explains how "every mouthful [she] ate those days tasted of the beatings [her] son got on [a] Saturday night" (Marquez 140)

Imagery- There are a lot of references to the extreme heat in Macondo. A lot of visual imagery. Minor employment of olfactory imagery. Mrs. Centeno
She told the girl to comb her hair, put on her shoes etc.
- She insists that she sees the priest immediately.
-When told to stay in the house (Marquez 141), she declines it and leaves with her daughter. Girl (Flat) - 12 years old
- Does not talk to her mother very much (only spoke once)

- It's her lack of speech that counts Rising Action:
- They enter the town and visit the priest
- More information is discovered about Mrs. Centeno and why she and her daughter are visiting. Inciting Incident:
- It is revealed who Mrs. Centeno is and why she's visiting. It is from here that the reader starts to learn about the situation. Carlos Centeno (Flat):
- Mrs. Centeno's son who was killed by Rebecca due to an attempted breaking into her house
-Not much is known about him, but he is the reason why Mrs. Centeno went to Macondo. Priest (Round):
Doubtful/ Skeptical:
- Asks if Mrs. Centeno ever put her son on the right track.
- Says "God's will is inscrutable" (Marquez 140) apathetically.

Action: Makes a very blunt remark about Mrs. Centeno.
- The priest stares at Mrs. Centeno when she mentions that she was the mother of a thief
Speech/Thought: - Talks about the heat many times and how Mrs. Centeno should have come later on.
- "Every mouthful I ate those days tasted of the beatings my son got on Saturday nights." (p140)
- Insists that priest opens up the grave
- Makes Carlos not feel bad about stealing
- "I told him never to steal anything that anyone needed to eat, and he minded me." (p140) Major Climax:
- The flashback to the death of Carlos Centeno

-Priest asks why Mrs. Centeno didn't keep Carlos on the right track. Mrs. Centeno calmly replies back.
- Townspeople start gathering around the house.
- Priest and his sister tell Mrs. Centeno not to leave.

- Mrs. Centeno decides to leave anyway. Mrs. Centeno: Narrative Structure Setting Narrative Structure - "Tuesday Siesta" takes place in Macondo, Colombia
- Macondo is a fictional town commonly used in Marquez's stories Geographical Chronological - The story takes place on a Tuesday in spring
- Year is hard to assume because Colombia is developing country
- "Tuesday Siesta" is the Tuesday after Easter Monday
- A siesta is also known as a nap
- Spans between 11:00 and close to 2:00 - Mrs. Centeno and her daughter are from the lower-class
- Mrs. Centeno “bore the conscientious serenity of someone accustomed to poverty” (136)
- Macondo is a middle-class town. Social Status Conflict Character Development Person vs Society
- Mrs.Centeno and her daughter against
the oppressive views of the townspeople
- Both the priest and the townspeople seem to look down on them, and it's easily seen towards the end or when the priest makes rash remarks about them. Theme Literary Devices Narrative Voice Third Person Limited
- The reader does not know about the thoughts of any of the characters. They have to inference a bit.
- Much of the focus is put on Mrs. Centeno since she takes the most initiative in leading the reader through the story, but it also encompasses all other characters. THE END Bec ming the Storyteller
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