The story of “La lengua de las mariposas” by Manuel Rivas focuses on the life of young Gorrion, a boy growing up during the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, and the difficulties he faced having to grow up in a time of war, violence and betrayal. Rivas focuses on the relationship Gorrion builds with his teacher Don Gregorio to show the different phases Gorrion goes through in the story, ultimately to show Gorrion’s final transformation. Throughout the story Rivas uses a constant theme of fear to demonstrate that fear can make people partake in actions that always bring consequences. Whether fear caused the feeling of wanting to escape the real world, the feeling of having to hide who one really was or the act of hurting others, it is evident that fear is a major theme in the story that connects to several other themes and shows various negative and positive aspects of the story.
By analyzing the idea of fear it was possible to connect Rivas’s story to the stories of other authors as well as films that were studied in the class. By comparing the story of Gorrion to that of other characters in other works, it was possible to come to the conclusion that fear is a major part of life, which can make many people impulsively take actions that can lead to good and bad outcomes.
Arturo Castillo, ’17
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