• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

"The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon Analysis

Extracts from this document...


The Cemetery of Forgotten Books Carlos Ruiz Zafon, the author of The Shadow of the Wind, was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1964. Becuase of the obvious disparody of timeline between the author's birth and the occurance of the Psanish civil war that he writes so much about, it is unclear as to why Zafon would have such an in-depth knowledge of the events. However, owing to his strong sense of nationality, as exemplified by the publishing of multiple pamphlets in his 20s that detailed the reasons for Spain to become an economic powerhouse and financial leader of Europe, his decision as to why he would choose this subject is fairly obvious. The book in question was published in 2001, eight years after Mr. ...read more.


This is apparent in the writing style in The Shadow of the Wind, with multiple spanish words being implimented in order to further immerse the reader in the Spain setting and Spanish dialogue, as well as to add to the already shaky credibility of the author's expertice on the Spanish civil war. The language used also adds depth to the characters, with certain native words being used more frequently by characters who have more difficulty leaving the past behind, and recurring theme throughout the book. Thus, with this infussion of Sspanish language, Zafon expresses his own cultural background and underlying lingual alliegence, but also, intentionally or inadvertantly, develops the characters and their movement in the storyline and maturity timeframe in the amount of ?native? langauge used. ...read more.


If Mexican spanish has as large a role in the novel as the mere writing itself would suggest, then culture has a far greater and longer lasting effect on language and indentidy than previously hypothesized. Ethnicity may play a secondary role to the nature of the language used in a novel, but the driving force behind ?foreign? words besides English that are used could instead be the culture that the piece is written in, thus eliminating the significance of cultural rearing. Although the subject matter for the book was certainly taken and derived from the birthplace of the author, the styles used within the novel and the language implemented are a direct result of the Los Angeles cultural scene. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Blood Wedding by Lorca. Plot outline and analysis.

    To be enthralled by two men is a complex thing. I am surprised by my boldness and my recklessness tonight, but I could not stop myself. Leonardo is to captivating, like a dark river. I find it odd that though my life may soon be over, I am not very much frightened at all.

  2. English poetry analysis - Search for My Tongue and Unrelated Incidents

    After researching, I discovered that the dialect this poem is written in isn't only Scottish but it is the dialect of the west Scottish working-class which is where the poet grew up. Again this is a part of a series of poems, and this is the 3rd one of the series.

  1. The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams is very vivid without being as ...

    As the story progresses he says "I had already fallen in love with the savage brat", which is questionable. But, later on he gives off many a sign of hate and disturbing violent thoughts, not only towards the patient but her parents as well, saying at one point he wanted to kill the father.

  2. Dostoevsky's Influences

    * His ideas of the 'superman' figure were likely prevalent preceding Dostoevsky's novel, and were still the basis behind Raskolnikov's argument, but his ideas on the subject were actually not published until one year after the publication of Crime and Punishment * A contrast to de Sade's relationship between de Sade and Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov shares several similarities with Nietzsche.

  1. El rastro de tu sangre en la nieve

    Billy S�nchez no lo advirti� sino al borde de la media noche, despu�s de que acab� de nevar y el viento se par� de pronto entre los pinos, y el cielo de las landas se llen� de estrellas glaciales. Hab�a pasado frente a las luces dormidas de Burdeos, pero s�lo

  2. Reflections on "Miss Julie" in a cultural context

    We all understood that this story was taking place in Sweden because of the fact that it was midsummer, which you celebrate in Sweden. We also could tell that the time period of the story was around the 1800 to the early 1900s, because of the servants.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work