Essay Part A



Theshort story by Gabriel G. Marquez, “Big Mama’s Funeral”utilizes the components of myths, fantasy, alongside politicalallegory. On one hand, the story deals more with facts and fictions,and on the other hand, the narrator tells about the political system,colonial days, and politics of Latin American countries such asColumbia. Indeed, politics is one of the main themes in this story.

Forover twenty years, there have been no celebrations in Latin countriesdue to political instability and deaths. Previously, Big Mama’swould hold big birthday ceremonies in her town. The festivals wouldstart two days prior the date of the birthday. Family members wouldeagerly wait to enjoy the ceremony. Towards the end of the event, BigMama would then walk to the balcony to throw some coins to hervisitors. Unfortunately, these festivals ended due to politicalinstability and successive mornings (García,1984).The young generation neither enjoyed these fabulous celebrations norsaw the High Mass of the Big Mama. The old people would only rememberthem as illusions since violence had become a fundamental part ofpolitics.

Further,Big Mama was a corrupt leader and she represented a corruptgovernment. During his funeral, people do not mourn, but rather theycelebrated. Pelayo(2001), states that during Big Mama’s birthday parties, she wouldorganise marriages between her family members. This practise enabledher to remain in power for many years. Furthermore, she was adictator, and was only concerned with her fortunes and protection ofher kingdom. Most of her family members were her soldiers and theyfollowed her command without any arguments.


ThePoem “The Standard Oil Co.” by Pablo Neruda discusses the mainissues of neo-colonialism. From the poem, the Euro-US companiescontrol the oil resources of the Latin American countries (Neruda,1940).They purchase everything these countries own including the countryitself and its citizens. How do they do so? They monopolise all theresources, and their main goal is to make profit out of LatinAmerican nations.


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