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The Night Face Up

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Rania Mahdi

on 5 November 2013

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Transcript of The Night Face Up

The Night Face
Julio Cortazar
Done by Rania Mahdi
The Tone
Literary Techniques
Author's Attitude
Third Person Limited Narrator
Dream vs. Reality
The reader does not understand which world is the real world until the end.
The main character did not feel pain in his arm when it was injured in the accident.
Although he was in an accident, everything went smoothly and calmly. There was absolutely no worrying.
"The guard said that the motorcycle didn't seem badly racked up. 'Why should it,' he replied. 'It all landed on top of me.' They both laughed."

The "dream" world felt far too realistic, he was even able to smell in the dream which he normally couldn't.
"It was unusual as a dream because it was full of smells, and he never dreamt smells."

Inevitable Fate
The sequence of events in both the dream world and real world were a reflection of each other.
Although the main character kept trying to escape his threatening situation and live in his dreams, he was never able to change his fate.
"His whole body whith that cry fended off what was coming, the inevitable end."
The story was narrated by a limited narrator that focused majorly on the main character.
This narration was used to set the dream-like mood.
The main character's mind is possibly the narrator since the narration reflected only his feelings.
There was no focus on characters. Even the main character wasn't described thoroughly.
Made the setting seem more like a dream since it was heavily concentrated on events and feelings.
"For just going along thinking, he did not have a name."
The main character is the protagonist (Motecas)
The Aztecs are the main antagonists
Point of View
The story consists of two climaxes
Modern World Climax
Occurs when he drifts off to sleep during surgery and finds himself in another world.
Aztec World Climax
Occurs when the main character is being carried to the top of the Aztec temple to be sacrificed.
The Tone of
The Modern World
Very calm and easy-going
Even after the accident, the men who helped the main character were very reassuring.
"Voices which did not seem to belong to the faces hanging above him encourages him cheerfully with jokes and assurances"
The Tone of
The Aztec World
Worrisome and fearful
"To be afraid was nothing strange, there was plenty of fear in his dreams"
Very uncomfortable and stressing
"What tormented him the most was the odour... There was something which resisted that which was not habitual, which until that point had not participated in the game. 'It smells of war,' he thought"
The author uses the juxtaposition between the real world and the dream world to emphasize the theme of dreams vs. reality
The Use of
The Aztec world is what is used as the real world
The realistic world is used as the dream world
Cortazar uses imagery abundantly in his story

This sets a very dream-like quality to the story since it allows you to visualize and feel the situation, as if you were in a dream.
"They were pushing him on a wheeled stretcher towards a pavilion further back, rolling along under trees full of birds, he shut his eyes and wished he were asleep"
Jessie Posthumus, . N.p.. Web. 5 Nov 2013. <http://prezi.com/m6k8q52xnylw/the-night-face-up/>.
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N.p., n. d. 5 Nov 2013. <http://www-personal.umich.edu/~scolas/Teaching/Reading and Class Notes/jcnoche.htm>.
singh31, . N.p., n. d. 5 Nov 2013. <http://worldhumanities102.wordpress.com/2011/12/21/julio-cortazar-the-night-face-up/>.
Artichuk, Francine, Susanne Barclay, Wouter Broersma, Janeen Werner-King, Diana Knight, Liz Orme, Kevin Reed, and Peter Weeks. Echoes Fiction, Media, and Non-Fiction. 12. Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print.
Climax Diagram
The main character was not described at all.
There wasn't much focus on characters in this story to make the quality of the dream-like atmosphere more vivid.
What if reality was only a dream?
Which world was real and which one was the dream in the story?
How do we know that our world is real?
Done by Rania Mahdi
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