Briana G. Traverson
June 19, 2011
Creative Writing: Objectives in a title.
In She Lived in a Story by Guillermo Samperio, Guillermo is driving home to his wife while creating a story. He is quoting himself throughout the story before the actual story. He uses an idea from his lecture given a few moments earlier. Guillermo talks about creative writing being architecture. Most importantly there is a small section where he talks about how he came up with the title for his story.
“Out of the blue, he said to himself that a woman would be the appropriate character. In a clouded manner he visualized a woman living in a story created by him. “She lived in the text” was first transformation. “ Now I’m already in the domain of the story; the itself is literary, it sounds good.” (Samperio 56)
In class we discussed the title making the story more confusing. However, from what I’ve referred to here I feel it does the exact opposite. I think the author made the title literal and on purpose. Writers are creative thinkers and I’m strongly convinced that he knew what he was doing when he made the idea of his story the title. I think within this passage there was variable focalization because there is a narrator telling a story but the main character jumps in as well.
Within Samperios story we have the one he created. Though it may first come off as confusing, it gets easier. I feel as a writer he gives clues to help you figure out where Ofelia is and what she is doing. For example, the passage below.
“She accepted a certain amount of insecurity given the violence of Mexico City, She moved cautiously; now that she really was exposing herself, no one threatening her. The people in the few cars that were passing by paid no attention to her at all. Then she remembered the intensely lit spaces on the stage, when the glare of the spots prevented her from seeing the audience, who in turn were looking at her. She knows that a multitude of eyes are out there in the dark, moving to the rhythm that she establishes; lots of eyes, a great concealed eye, a giant eye fixed on her body.” (Samperio 58)
Ofelia doesn’t know what is going on until she realizes that in fact she is being watched. Watched by an audiences whose eyes are fixated on her every move. Her every word. Ofelia could feel herself being watched but was unsure as to why this was happening to her. She also would question her existence on the stage. Personally, I take this as a philosophical piece of work. Even though we know she is on a stage because we are either reading or watching she doesn’t. I feel that puts the character in a very vulnerable position. She goes into thoughts of maybe being in a dream or some kind of haze. Which makes me raise the question of who’s to say the character wasn’t really on drugs? Does the writer really tell us everything? Here I felt like we witnessed hypothetical focalization because we are indeed spying on the character as well as the narrator.
Samperio, Guillermo. “She Lived in a Story.” New Writing from Mexico. Ed. Reginald Gibbons. Evanston, IL: TriQuarterly Books, Northwestern University: 1992. Print.
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