De esta forma, con el ruego Diles que no me maten, este condenado eleva el ruego ante su hijo, pidindole que vaya a donde sus verdugos, mientras ste ltimo no parece muy convencido de querer ayudar a su padre, temiendo por su propia vida, ya que siente el deber de protegerla, sobre todo por su esposa y ocho hijos. Sin embargo, despus de una larga negativa,Justino acepta ir a interceder por su padre, e ir ante los verdugos de ste a pedir por favor que no lo maten. As mismo, un narrador omnisciente toma el control del cuento para narrar cmo el ahora condenado fue trado por sus captores muy temprano en la maana, momento en el que se decidi amarrarlo a un rbol. Igualmente, el narrador comienza a describir la terrible agona que senta el hombre capturado, quien rogaba a toda costa poder conservar su vida.
|Published (Last):||9 January 2005|
|PDF File Size:||13.27 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||8.47 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Juvencio is begging his son to ask the sergeant who has him tied to a post to spare him, to tell his captor that tying him up and scaring him has been enough punishment. Finally Justino relents and goes to the corral, turning on the way to ask his father what will happen to his wife and kids if he too is shot. You go there now and see what you can do for me.
The narrator tells us that the father was brought in at dawn and had been tied to the post all morning long. This became a pattern where at night the fence would be broken and in the morning it would be mended.
During the daytime the livestock would stay right next to the fence, waiting for nighttime when Juvencio would cut the hole so they could eat.
Juvencio and Don Lupe would constantly argue but could not come to an agreement. Finally Don Lupe said that he would kill any animal that came into his pasture. Juvencio replied that the fact that the animals were breaking through was not his fault and that if Don Lupe killed one of them, he would have to pay for it.
The conflict happened thirty-five years ago in March, because by April Juvencio was already on the run, living in the mountains. Finally he and his son began living on another of his plots of land, Palo de Venado, before his son married Ignacia, and had eight children. All this shows that the fateful event took place years ago and should be forgotten. Around that time Juvencio figured that everything should be fixed with around a hundred pesos.
Don Lupe had left his wife and two young kids behind, and then his widow died shortly after from grief. Every time someone would enter the village he would have to run up into the mountains like an animal, and this happened for thirty-five years. At this point in the story the narration then switches back to third person.
He had hoped with all his heart that they would never find him. This is what made it so hard to believe that he would die like this after fighting off death for so long. He had seen the men at nightfall walking through his tender corn crop and he had told them to stop.
At this point the narration jumps forward in time to a meeting between the Colonel and Juvencio. The Colonel, who is hidden, says that Don Lupe was his father and that he died when he was young.
As a result he had no male role model to follow as a boy. He goes on to say that later he learned his father had been killed by being hacked with a machete and then having an ox goad stuck in his belly.
The Colonel found it particularly terrible that Juvencio, the murderer, remained free. Justino spurs the burro forward in the hopes that they can reach Palo de Venado in time to arrange the wake. Freudian theory could support the speculation that for the Colonel the killer of his father Juvencio has come to replaced Don Lupe as the target of an Oedipal death wish.
By killing Juvencio, the Colonel is able to achieve manhood. Intriguing as this interpretation may be however, it tells us little about the reality of the Mexican context in which this story takes place. In this story the reader is again subtly exposed to the problem of land reform in the post-revolutionary period. Although Juvencio appears to own more than one piece of land the property near Puerta de Piedra and Palo de Venado, where his son lives , apparently this land is not irrigated and when droughts come his animals begin to die.
Between the lines one can tell that this lack of access to irrigated land is what drives a wedge into the friendship between Juvencio and Don Lupe.
Paradoxically, Juvencio might almost be considered innocent despite murdering his friend, since the only way he can feed his family is by killing his neighbor. In this tale the violence experienced by the colonel at an early age results in an implacable obsession and anticipation of revenge.
¡Diles Que No Me Maten!
¡Diles que no me maten! un cuento de Juan Rulfo