Octavio Paz was born in Mexico city. His grandfather was a prominent liberal intellectual and had an extensive library.
Balthazar is a poor man who dislikes rich people. A life that may be driven by money and a life that is alien to Balthazar.
This may be important as Balthazar has shown that he is a generous man even though he can ill afford to give his work away for free. How generous Balthazar may be is also noticeable by the fact that he buys those in the pool hall drinks. Again when he Balthazar marvellous afternoon not really have the money to do so.
There is also a sense that Balthazar is in conflict with himself.
He has never been drunk before and is venturing into unknown territory. It is also clear to the reader that Balthazar loses the run of himself when he is talking to the people in the pool hall.
He begins to have grandiose ideas about what he will do build a million cages. Something that is in contrast to how Balthazar had previously acted when people first complimented him on the cage. Yet when drunk he has ideas of grandiosity. Though ironically it is a poor man who gives away something he cannot afford to give away.
Though Balthazar originally considered the cage to be quite ordinary. There is a sense that when he is in the pool hall drinking Balthazar has excessive pride.
It is as though he feels like the master of all when the reality is very much different. It is also interesting that Balthazar felt the necessity to lie about getting sixty pesos for the cage.
With Balthazar due to his pride wanting to be seen as the victor. Hence him purchasing all the drinks in the pool hall. Though Balthazar has been generous by giving Pepe the cage.
He has also acted foolishly. Spending money he does not have. Something that is clearer to the reader by the fact that Balthazar has to pawn his watch in order to pay his expenses in the pool hall. The end of the story is also interesting as Balthazar has spent the afternoon living an illusion.Balthazar's Marvelous Afternoon Author FLow of Events Characters and Characterization Elements of short story Lessons Learned born on March 6, Balthazar Marvelous Afternoon.
BALTHAZAR’S MARVELOUS AFTERNOON An analytical review By Kenny Beachmount Márquez’s story about a poor carpenter and his magnificent birdcage has been the object of much critique and the presumed underlying connotations of this fable-like tale have been subjected to such detailed scrutiny as to border on the absurd.
When reading stories of this caliber, . `Balthazar's marvelous Afternoon' does not contain the element of the supernatural but it is a tale with a powerful moral message; it asserts the dignity of the human as opposed to the material.
Balthazar is the Christ-like figure through whose character Marquez conveys the moral in the story. Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon by Gabriel García Márquez 2 May Dermot Random Stories Cite Post In Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon by Gabriel García Márquez we have the theme of conflict, humility, greed, generosity and pride.
Balthazar’s Marvelous Afternoon. Gabriel García Márquez. The cage was finished. Balthazar hung it under the eave, from force of habit, and when he finished lunch everyone was already saying that it was the most beautiful cage in the world.
Solitude Conflict Rich vs. poor Symbols The bird cage: the cage represents the oppression of the poor. In selling the cage, Balthazar is given the illusion of freedom; thus, he .