13 Floor

After watching this movie I have noticed a trend on transformation into different realms of society. It is clear that the different authors and producers always were curious and speculated about transforming into a new world. I loved how the movie was structured because it put the story line in a great order. At first I was confused on how everything was going to play out but when Douglas Hall finally realizes what is happening I understood the difference of the worlds. I appreciate this story line a lot more now because I have been comparing it to other works. Depicting the “end of the world” in the dessert was eye opening and proves how technology controls so much.

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Blog 15

Omaha Bigelow is pushed into a situation where he must obey the rules set by those around him. By being granted his biggest wish in all of his life, he realizes he must follow some rules within society. Omaha is forced to be a faithful lover to Maruquita, and she warns him by stating,

“Don’t cheat on me. Okay? Don’t play me for a fool…Cauze if you do I will take the bohango back” (Vega 105).

Maruquita has a special way of talking all throughout the novel. Vega is able to pick up on her accent as well as her illiteracy. This is depicted when she states “cauze”. This line is classic when reading it from a woman’s point of view because every girl wishes to say it to a significant other. Having the power to take away such an important aspect of a man’s body is incredible. Making a sexual concept the overall idea of the story reminds the reader of the two main characters and what they need in their lives. Vega’s entire plot is summarized with this one line. Giving Omaha his big bohango is a key part of the story line. Maruquita threatens her lover here and lets him know what will happen to him if he even dares to look at another girl.

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Blog 14

A matrix narrator is the main narrator of the story. This narrator is usually depicted as the author of the story, especially when the novel is being told in a third person point of view. Vega includes framing in his novel when he states,

“Maruquita handed Omaha the cell phone. He took it hesitantly. Mr. Vega?” (Vega 98)

Maruquita is giving Omaha the option to speak to Mr. Vega. This scene is showing how there is a break in the narration. Clearly the matrix narrator is Mr. Vega, who is the actual narrator of the story. However, this is being tested when Maruquita is having a conversation with the author. Having a character actually address an author is awkward for the audience. There is supposed to be a break or a wall between the two entities but this is not the case in this story. Although it is an interesting aspect of the story, it also makes the story extremely unrealistic. The audience is now aware of the behind the scene action and how the characters are just playing a role and not their actual lives. It ruins the story because Vega is able to develop his characters so well but once the reader sees them as complainers, the reader does not see any substance to them.

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Blog 13

The story of Omaha Bigelow is very weird but entertaining at the same time. I think that the way that the characters develop is very interesting. Vega is able to place the characters in a well fit setting, making the entire plot have some accuracy. Including the street names and blocks allows the reader to follow the steps that the characters take. When reading the novel, one can also understand the difference between cultures of the Puerto Ricans and whites. The diction that Vega uses in the novel to describe the women is pretty ridiculous. Overall the language used is vulgar and bold. It was a change compared to other novels because professors usually do not include such books in a syllabus. Certain parts were a little disturbing but as a whole it was enticing. One thing that I did not love about the story line was how the characters could call Vega and complain about the other characters. Breaking the third wall irritated me as a reader because I did not belive anything that was mentioned afterwards. Furthermore, the fact that there is magic and the female characters can transform into monkeys and pigeons was unrealistic. I would rate this novel a 4 because it was entertaining but extremely unrealistic.

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Blog 12

I remember…

I remember my heart beating extremely quickly as soon as the bus whizzed by me. I felt that all my blood was rushing to my feet and my finger tips. I was sweaty and jittery and could not come to my senses for at least two minutes. The entire arrival gate was bustling with cars and people, there were voices of all kinds running through my head, and all I wanted to do was cry! I hated how no one around me cared to see why I almost got his by the shuttle bus or if I was ok because I was the only person standing in the middle of oncoming traffic. I also remember wondering if anyone would have even noticed if I got hit by the shuttle bus. I’m sure that all of the loud clitter and clatter would have become silent once there was news a girl was run over, but at this moment – no one seemed to care. The only person who showed me any regard was the security guard who saved my life. I was tempted to go up to her and hug her, but I knew that seemed weird so I stopped myself. I gave her a half smile and then continued walking into the arrival gate. As soon as I saw my cousins I remember telling the story with the most intricate details. At first I remember them staring at me and chuckling under their breath. They clearly didn’t understand how annoyed I was until I stopped the story and began walking away. I remember both my cousins hugging me and telling me it was over now and I was safe.

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Blog 11

Don Quixote Review

If I was to rate this novel, I would give it a 3. Based on the time period it was written, a lot of credit should be given to the story line as well as the style it was written in. The plot of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza is well developed and interesting. None of the stories in the novel are boring or go on for a long duration of time. Having quick blurbs about Don Quixote acting like a madman and going into various villages to attack random men keeps the reader engaged with the story. The way that Cervantes introduces other characters is also well developed. He is able to intertwine various stories so that they end up connecting to their Don Quixote or his adventure. There are also those hand full of characters who disappear after their quick entrance in the novel, making it easy for the reader to stay focused on the major characters.

The basic idea behind the story is good, but I cannot give it a solid five for many reasons. First off the size of the novel makes me not want to read it. I do not like the idea of having to lug around a three pound book with me. Also the fact that a lot of the details become redundant makes me not want to read the story.  Almost every short adventure includes Don Quixote attacking someone or something which caused him no hard. He is clearly a mad man and is depicted as the one who gets in the most trouble. The final reason why I do not like this type of novel is that there is not clear narrator. I do not like the idea of following the details of a unreliable source. I did not like the way that the author addressed the reader in the prologue or included the story about Cide Hamante Benengeli. Both of these aspects made me feel detached from the story.

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Blog 10

One of the most interesting aspects of the novel Don Quixote is its change in point of view. The narrator is constantly being questioned as different stories are being exposed to the reader. At the conclusion of one of these sotries, the narrator must stop,

“…because at this point the wise and circumspect historian Cide Hamete Benengeli put an end to the third” (Cervantes 243).

As a reader, this line stands out because it reminds the audience that there is a story being told from a third party, not the story maker himself. Previous to this line, a story was being told but the narrator has to stop because the person he is using as a source takes a break in telling the story. The point of view comes to a shift here because the reader is unaware of who is telling the story and how it will continue. Although this is not the first time that Cide Hamante Benengeli is mentioned, it still reminds the reader that the narrator is telling the story based on Benengeli. As the reader going on with the story from the first time the name is mentioned until this point, it is easy for the reader to forget who is telling the story, but this line helps the reader put everything back in perspective. It also gives Cervantes a lot of props because it shows the reader what an intricate story he created.

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Blog 9

From the beginning of the story, Don Quixote explains that he gets all of his information of being a knight from books on chivalary. He explains this to Sancho, who in the beginning of the story only plays along with Don Quixote. But by the middle of the story, Sancho seems to have changed his perception and he states,

“What I think, sir, is that all these mishaps of the past few days must have been a punishment for the sin you’ve committed against the chivalry order not keeping that vow…” (Cervantes 146).

Sancho seems to be following in the footsteps of Don Quixote’s false fantasy. First off he addresses Don Quixote as ‘sir’ which tells the reader that depite everything they have been through, Sancho still respects and wants to be under the wings of Don Quixote. The mishaps he mentions all have to do with the fact that Don Quixote and Sancho put themselves in unnecessary situations but neither of the men seem to see this. Instead Sancho feels that the ‘mishaps’ are occurring because they are not following the rules of chivalry. Declaring the events as a result of a ‘sin’ conveys the idea that Sancho is almost worried that the things they have done going to cause a lot of issues for them and is going to be looked as a mistake by other people. As a reader, this adds to the irony of the entire story because now Sancho has transformed as a character and identifies himself as part of Don Quixote’s made up world.

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Blog 8

Sancho and Don Quixote are travelling on their horses when they come across a huge field with large windmills. Don Quixote does not see the windmills as they are and instead sees them as giants. After attempting to fight them, he comes to the conclusion they were something only a knight would understand. Sancho then claims,

“For God’s sake! Didn’t I tell you to be careful what you were doing, didn’t I tell you they were only windmills?” (Cervantes 64).

Sancho goes along with almost everything that Don Quixote says. The two men take weird adventures together but Sancho never seems to say anything to Don Quixote. This is one of the first scenes where Sancho questions what the knight is doing. Here his first statement comes off as if he is worried for Don Quixote because he almost hurt himself. As a follower, Sancho does not want to loose his friend, expecially to unrealistic giants. The second statement is Sancho’s way of restating the fact that he tried to warn Don Quixote from going after the windmills. Regardless of how Don Quixote takes the news, Sancho still feels the need to make him try to understand that he is not looking at objects in a realistic manner. Sancho clearly sees that there are no giants in the field and that Don Quixote is crazy but he still continues his expedition with him which makes his character so interesting to follow.

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Blog 7

Don Quixote is seen as a madman throughout the entire novel. From his creation of the helmet to his adventures to the inn, he keeps on making up his own life and playing by his own fantasy. The most entertaining aspect of the novel is that even the characters around him play his game. Once the inn keeper appoints Don Quixote to a knight, Don Quixote states,

“It must have been about daybreak when Don Quixote left the inn, so happy, so gallant, so delighted at being a properly dubbed knight that every the very girths of his horse were bursting with joy” (Cervantes 41).

The inn where Don Quixote was staying at is the location where he is finally made an actual knight. The way that the individuals at the inn played along with the knight and dubbed him as a knight was extremely ridiculous. Don Quixote is being made fun of by everyone around him but he does not see it at all. According to Don Quixote, he can now go on with his knight duties such as fighting other knights and saving all damsels in distress. The diction used by Cervantes to explain his excitement shows the reader how immersed he truly is in this unrealistic life style. The new knight even feels the excitement within his horse, which is obviously not as gallant or ‘bursting with energy’.  His madness is clearly portrayed in this scene because he is living in a running illusion.

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