El Gesticulador [Rodolfo Usigli] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Rodolfo Usigli’s El gesticulador is a political commentary in dramatic guise. It is by that token an accusing statement on contemporary Mexican reality, and. El gesticulador is a play about politics and corruption, human relationships, the conflict between truth and lies, reality and appearance, and role-playing in.
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El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli
Refresh and try again. El Gesticulador allows the reader to q This play is a perfect combination of raw human emotions and a reflection upon a person’s ability to reinvent themselves.
Feb 03, Mary Frantz rated it liked it. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio. I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador. During the second act, Julia completely changes her attitude with the prospect of her father being the governor of the state.
I read this with a rather snarky voice in mind which I believe heightens the male dominance portrayed throughout the play. There, a professor from Harvard University confuses him for a missing revolutionary hero with the same name. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I thought the conversation between Cesar and Navarro helped to illustrate this idea as well as to depict the corruption present in the Mexican revolution.
Apr 28, Jennifer Johnson rated it it was ok. I was very aware of the idea of deception as I was reading, and the questioning of whether deception is in fact lying or not.
‘El Gesticulador’ (The Impostor) to be performed in Spanish at Ethnic Cultural Theatre
Paperbackpages. But then I thought about the work as a play, which is meant to be performed and this tempered my unqualified analysis somewhat. Oct 02, Dusty rated it it was amazing Recommended to Dusty by: The play was daring for its time in that it used the true language of contemporary politics, a first for Mexican literature. Curtain time for the UW production gesticklador 7 p. I would even venture to say that his role as a US professor is directly related to how the United States tends to be greedy, sticking its nose in other countries’ business.
As this play was written post-revolution, to me it suggests that Usigili is calling upon the Mexican people and leaders to take responsibility for what happened during the revolution and for their actions.
The situation comes to a head when the two meet privately — each knowing a secret that the other does not want anyone else to know. First, the idealistic martyr who dies early in the war, the professor who inherits and tries to keep alive the revolution’s legacy but fails, and then the politician who tries to evoke the ideals of the hero but is killed by the strongman and only ends up perpetrating the violence.
Usigli offers a very harsh critique of the Mexican government as well as the Mexican re I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed reading El gesticulador. Jul 28, Neal rated it it was amazing. My initial criticism would be that the themes and satire is developed too overtly and that the lack of subtly in the dialogue and the story line take away from the play’s power as a portrayal of the impact of the Mexican Revolution.
Feb 03, Sophia K-l rated it really liked it.
‘El Gesticulador’ (The Impostor) to be performed in Spanish at Ethnic Cultural Theatre | UW News
Murderers could pose as heroes, thieves as diplomats and charlatans as founts of wisdom. Jimmy rated it it was amazing Mar 01, But I would argue that there are in fact three. His legacy will live on because of those who believe in it, just like the Mexican Revolution, while appearing to be a failure to some, lived on through those who believed in its purpose. This page was last edited on 2 Octoberat Lines about “apariencias” y “gestos” as well as power or deception gesticuladir me as repetitive and obvious.
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Feb 03, Callie Deddens rated it really liked it. Rubio loses himself in his new identity, viewing it as an opportunity to renew the promise of the Revolution.
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Feb 03, Taylor rated it really liked it. I liked the author’s decision to break the play into three parts, each at time intervals four weeks apart, gesticulado it allowed for the reader to understand the progression of Cesar’s new role over a span of time. Rita Montes rated it it was amazing Mar 02, Facebook Twitter Email Print. The revolution destroyed the old order and made room for anyone to be whatever they wanted to be. But for me, Usigli is critiquing this way of “finding oneself” suggesting that identity cannot be gesticulafor only in desire, deception, and falsities.
Julia saw truth in that which allowed her to overcome her physical appearance and live the life which she believed was her. Gesticulxdor article needs additional citations for verification. Fue un escritor indagador de la verdad. Views Read Edit View history. The play opens, and one of the first lines is Julia complaining that she is ugly.
I loved this play. Trivia About El gesticulador. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Jan 26, Ivan T. Feb 04, Mary Clare rated it really liked it. I read this play for Spanish lit class when I was in college.