Extra Credit Article – Due Wednesday at Midnight

Read this: http://lithub.com/some-of-gabriel-garcia-marquezs-best-characters-were-dead-people/

Summarize the author’s argument, as if this is one of your own research paper sources, using both direct quotations and paraphrasing. 200-300 words.

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9 thoughts on “Extra Credit Article – Due Wednesday at Midnight

  1. The author uses specific examples to show how death was associated with Marquez’s work, such as, “It is in the towns rotting away, the ghosts, the funereal haze of diseases over his characters, the decay in the river from Barranquilla that partly inspired Love in the Time of Cholera.” The author picks specific works from Marquez and goes in depth on how death was a part of it. The author also talks about the personal views of Marquez himself, how he believed death and time were interlocked and how he struggled with tobacco addiction. Many times we hear about life and to enjoy life but we never hear about death, which Marquez loves to write about and enlarge. The author also states about Marquez, “His fiction is filled with fantastical corpses imbued with life, or living figures who should be cadavers”. Gabrielle Bellot takes his works and analyzes them to come up with beautifully worded conclusions like these, which really hit the nail on the head.

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  2. Gabrielle Bellot writes in her article, “Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Best Characters Were Dead People”, about many specific examples of marquez associates death with his work. Examples include how she mentions Franklin Roosevelt and then how he died that same year. Then she brings up the work of Garcia Marrquez in the sense of death by saying how his work “braided together death and life in the first set of words to bring him some fame” just after mentioning how he died on this day in 2014. She also mentions how death is really “inextricable” from Garcias work. I had to look up what inextricable meant but it means impossible to untangle or seperate. She uses many more examples throughout the article to help bring her point across. Overall Gabrielle did a fantastic job talking about and explaining the work of Gabriel Garcia 10/10.

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  3. In her article “Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Best Characters Were Dead People”, Gabrielle Bellot gives the reader insight on the famous poet or novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She describes his work best when she says, “his work was an affirmation of life, filled everywhere with death, a vast cemetery blooming with roses.” She gives examples of this by examining some of his major works, such as “Love In the Time of Cholera”, “Death Constant Beyond Love”, “The Sea of Lost Time”, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”, and more. She tells us how he often “paired death with exquisite, sad images of love”, and also how the line between living and dead in his novels were almost always blurry. His characters are examples of this blurry line. They were either as dead as they were alive or corpses “imbued” with life. Bellot explains how the message behind all of his works is to cherish life and that life always has an advantage over death. Gabrielle Bellot does a very good job with her argument because she is very thorough and uses many examples to back up her claims. At the end of the article she reiterates how his work is full of death because it is so rich with life. I think this was a great way for her to end her argument because it brings the reader back to her main point of what she is trying to say.

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  4. Gabrielle Bellot writes in her article, “Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Best Characters Were Dead People”, about many specific examples of Marquez uses the theme of death in his work. An example that stood out to me was “It is in the towns rotting away, the ghosts, the funereal haze of diseases over his characters, the decay in the river from Barranquilla that partly inspired Love in the Time of Cholera.” I also found interesting how Bellot compares Marquez work often paired death with exquisite, sad images of love. Also how often in his work the reader can not tell the difference between the living and the dead. Ballot gives examples from works, such as “The Sea of Lost Time”, “Love In the Time of Cholera”, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”, and “Death Constant Beyond Love”. Ballot did a great job with this article and kept central to what her argument is. Her examples to give evidence of the points she made were clear and concise. At the end when she talks about how his work being full of death it really ties the whole article together. I actually really enjoyed this piece and appreciate a very well written argument.

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  5. This author shows how Marquez’s work was related to death. The author, Gabrielle Bellot, states that Marquez exemplified death with sad emotional pictures of love. Marquez tried to focus on how being alive and dying are intertwined within each other and sometimes you cannot even tell them apart. This is shown in the articles, “The Sea of Lost Time”, “Love In the Time of Cholera”, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”, and “Death Constant Beyond Love”. This article also states how Marquez’s work proves that life is always greater than death. I think that Gabrielle Bellot made a great argument and was able to keep the reader enticed throughout. She ties everything together relating every piece to each other.

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  6. The article, “Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Best Characters Were Dead People” written by Gabrielle Bellot provides a different approach than the typical blog post. Bellot first introduces her admired writer as a young man from the village of Aracataca who received his first bit of fame for a certain phrase that has since stuck in the minds of the people listening. Throughout her article, Bellot exemplifies various examples of Marquez’s work and elaborates on his obsession with the concept of death in his work. Specifically, Bellot describes it as “a vast cemetery blooming with roses”. With the author giving such detailed descriptions of Marquez’s certain pieces relating to death, Bellot argues in each and every example that death breaths life into his art, believing that his most extraordinary characters are often nearly as morbid or dead as they are alive. Marquez’s fantastical work is nothing short of something special, and she believes that it is important for her audience to catch of glimpse of how personal and honorable Garcia Marquez’s art truly is. Bellot closes out her stance by honoring the life of Garcia Marquez as well as highlighting his infamous moments in time. She mentions in particular the year he won the Nobel Prize, emphasizing the message of cherishing life throughout his work despite the overwhelming presence of death. Overall, Garcia Marquez seemed like quite the exemplar and it is understandable why Bellot has given so much thought and appreciation towards his works of art.

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  7. In Gabrielle Ballot’s article “Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Best Characters Were Dead People” she explains how Gabriel Marquez used the subject of death for a lot of his work. Ballot explains how Marquez is fascinated with death, and how a lot of his work is inspired from powerful political figures that passed away. “The great Colombian writer had a particular obsession with death, and death animates his work in a striking way both indebted to literary Modernism and distinct from it all the same. His work was an affirmation of life, filled everywhere with death, a vast cemetery blooming with roses”. In that quote Ballot explains how death actually brought life to Marquez’s work. He used death to glorify a person’s life and would also incorporate love in his work as well. It was a delicate balance between death and love.

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  8. In the article “Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Best Characters Were Dead People” by Gabrielle Ballot is an interesting read; the title alone intrigues the reader as to what the article will entail. Ballot goes into extensive detail about a continued theme throughout Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work: death or dead characters. A message that Marquez portrayed that resonated with Ballot is that life is bigger than death. Ballot backs up this idea with a quote “Death, really, is inextricable from García Márquez’s work. It breathed life into his art. It is in the towns rotting away, the ghosts, the funereal haze of diseases over his characters, the decay in the river from Barranquilla that partly inspired Love in the Time of Cholera. And, like that novel’s title, García Márquez often paired death with exquisite, sad images of love.” Ballot also gives sources out some of Marquez’s other works like “The Sea of Lost Time”, “Love In the Time of Cholera”, “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”, and “Death Constant Beyond Love”. Ballot does a great job of portraying Marquez’s work in a different light.

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  9. Gabrielle Ballot’s article “Some of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Best Characters Were Dead People” as an interesting writing style that rides makes the reader question who really is dead or alive. Ballot wrote, “His most extraordinary characters are often nearly as moribund or dead as they are alive. His fiction is filled with fantastical corpses imbued with life, or living figures who should be cadavers.” The author goes into great detail about Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work. For example Gabrielle Ballot states, “Not only is the light filled with death, but everything is floating; just as the schoolchildren have perished, inanimate objects seemed to have gained life, floating through the light as if they are sea creatures.” Any way the reader looks at this article they can not say that the Author does not have a passion for what Gabriel Garcia Marquez had to write. Ballot did even ended the article by writing, “García Márquez’s art may be full of death—but only because it blooms so richly with life.”

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