Based on Amparo Dávila’s thriller short story “El Huésped,” tells the story of an unhappy couple who expects a child and deals with a violent guest who tortures . Amparo Dávila’s “El huésped” and Domestic Violence. “El huésped” is a riveting short story set in a married couple’s house in rural Mexico, to where the. Amparo Dávila has 26 books on Goodreads with ratings. Amparo Dávila’s Amparo Dávila Average . El huésped y otros relatos siniestros by. Amparo.

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Johns Hopkins UP, The Mexican family pattern is also consistent with a symbolic identification of Virgin and mother, within a context of male and adult dominance and sexual assertion, discharged against females and children. If we are going to argue that the beastly guest is metaphorically the husband in a different guise, it behooves us to examine the husband more by isolating the passages that define him.

It is an imposition on the wife, a partisan act of power by the dominant hhesped. Disrespect and abuse of the spouse often begin because of a love affair. The classic turning point in the narrative comes when the beast actually attacks.

Her image is the embodiment of hope in a victorious outcome of the struggle of generations.

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To seal the conclusion, the text presents a passage where the animal enters the room of the wife while she sleeps. Here, given the confluence of feline characteristics revealed to this point, we have to rule out totally the possibility of the antagonist being human.

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Upon awakening to the site of the animal sitting beside her bed and staring at her, in an act of desperation and fear, she hurls a gasoline lamp at it, which breaks and sets the floor ablaze. As mentioned, the author is careful to craft all descriptions so that they could conceivably apply to a human as well as a beast.

The connection between his lengthy and frequent absences from the home and the action of bringing the monster to his house can be seen in the explanation of Sergio Navarrete Pellicer: That is, while it is relatively unproblematic to accept that the oblique descriptions refer to a large cat, the innovation of the story lies in the suggestion that the cat is a nightmarish, unwanted house guest.

Miguel Angel marked it as to-read Jul ampark, This was followed by Meditaciones a la orilla del sueno and Perfil de soledades. Vilas, and Michael P.

On the question of delights and pain, the husband has been encountering his own particular pleasures outside of the home, while inflicting pain on those at home. Identifying his behavior is as important as the determination we have made about the nature of the guest. The immediate advice given by professionals is unequivocal: How can a husband sit in his house and not be worried if it burns to the ground?


Quite revelatory of his attitude—which can be seen to be purely sadistic—is the fact that he enjoys the discomfort of the others: A Glossary of Literary Terms. Revista de Estudios Iberoamericanos 8.

What I have learned has come vicariously though her sobering experiences as a professional. She also plays with ideas of time. Faced with this domestic horror, the wife does what many abused women cannot do: Before concluding our study, we need turn our analysis briefly to the role and significance of Guadalupe.


Return to Book Page. The oldest son died at childbirth. Additionally, in a passage that is chillingly contemporary, the wife states:.

Minimizing, Denying, and Blaming: Rarely can it be done. The el huesped amparo davila thought we need keep in mind as we compare this list to the story is that there are two figures demonstrating the behavior on the list: