Signs and Symbols in “Un día de estos”

April 18th, 2009

Symbols can be a powerful tool in literature for bringing across the messages that the author wants to portray. This work examines the use of signs and symbols in Gabriel García Márquez’s short story, “Un día de estos.” The symbology in this story provides a window into daily life during the Colombian violencia, from the ever-present threat of violence and even death to the tension between members of the differing political parties and the significance of the brief bid for power and control which one of the characters makes.

Marie Glackin, ’11 Hartley, IA
Majors: Art, Sociology

Sponsor: Carol Lacy-Salazar

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