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Critical Analysis - Entre Visillos is part of the Spanish Post war Narrative movement.

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Critical Analysis Entre Visillos is part of the Spanish Post war Narrative movement. Published in 1957, this novel is one of the major pieces of literature under Franco's regime; it was awarded the Premio Nadal in 1957. This novel is part of the antirealist movement that developed under Franco's regime, depicting the non reality under Franco. Through the use of imaginary discourse, metonymy and metaphor the author has managed to make a brilliant and extreme critique of the society as she experienced it during the dictatorship whilst still escaping censorship. This novel develops the concept of private reading, the implicit that comes out through the way things are said and not what is said. The passage studied in this Critical Analysis is taken from the sixteenth chapter. This chapter is one of Natalia's. She becomes the narrator of her own story, we read this passage through her own words and see what is happening through her eyes of a person more than a character of the novel. We see the developing of the introspective process that Natalia experiences by the writing of her diary. Through the way she writes in this passage, one can observe a defining moment for her, where through the comparison of what she knows and who she knows, Natalia makes a decision that will influence the rest of ...read more.


This is a very curious process that the author uses, two different narrative voices through the same protagonist. Indeed, at the being of the text the narrator is the omniscient narrator that sees things through the eyes of Natalia and speaks through her voice, then however that voice disappears to leave the floor to Natalia' diary. This separation is clear through the different tenses that are used when the different voices take the floor. In the first paragraph we can observe past tenses, such as 'el preterito' and 'el imperfecto' which show a traditional narrative voice that is usually used in a novel. However in the rest of the text we observe present tenses, tenses used in speech, letters or diaries. This is how the reader realizes that he is reaching even further into Natalia's thoughts. The reader can follow her development so much closer than through a traditional narrative voice. The fact that we are reading a passage of a diary is much clearer when observing the lexical field of feelings with words such as: 'no quiero saltar', 'esperando', 'arrepentido', 'estoy un poco sola', 'avergonzarme', 'enfadara', 'enamorado' and 'enfad´┐Ż'. This diary is a means of liberation for Natalia that expresses what she feels, theses feeling are all very different and we can observe how she struggles with them. ...read more.


Indeed it goes through what girl relationships are, they talk about boys, each other, what they hope and see for the future. Moreover nothing political is brought up; all one can observe is a somewhat confused girl who is getting confused in childish things. At the most people would have had a kind smile, thinking the poor girl what she really needs is to get married and have a family that'll make her content. However those wanting to see it as politically inclined could. But this entered the concept of private reading; no one could say it was political because nothing political was said. I found it extremely political and cleverly written. Indeed it is hard to explain what is political about it, but there is an underlying feeling that Natalia is in total rebellion of what is around her, and that this rebellion is not personal to the character of Natalia, but reaches out to the message the author is getting through. We must also consider that we are viewing this text with our actual eye of democracy, woman emancipation, and so on. Maybe it is easier for us to see the absurd of the situation and what the author is saying. In any case this passage beautifully depicts the struggles of the young Natalia, who decides and takes action in her life in total contradiction with what surrounds her, which enables the author to deliver her political message. ...read more.

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