In Camilio José Cela’s La familia de Pascual Duarte, the reader follows the reflective journey of the protagonist, Pascual, as he recounts the events of his life by writing letters from the jail cell where he awaits his execution. What is apparent through his letters is the connection between Pascual’s sexuality and violence, which is seen in the sexual nature of his domination of others.
This violence serves as a coping mechanism and as a means of regaining equilibrium in emotionally stressful situations. In the descriptions of his violence against people and animals, there is a repeated theme of bloodshed, increased respiration on the part of the victim, and sexual excitation following the conquest on the part of Pascual. This presentation describes the pursuit of control embarked upon by Pascual Duarte, and his relationship with violence that proves to be both the stimulating force in his life and the cause of his downfall.
Colleen Carroll, ’12
Majors: Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Spanish
Sponsor: Carol Lacy-Salazar