Traven, Macario is the story of a lumberjack who lives with his family his wife and eleven children in precarious conditions. With his low wages, he is only able to feed his family with rice and beans. Unexpectedly, his wife manages with much effort to buy and a turkey. She cooks it for Macario and tells him to go to the forest to eat it alone. In the forest, Macario is visited by 3 characters who individually ask him for a portion of the turkey. Macario denies sharing the turkey with the Devil and God.
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Traven, Macario is the story of a lumberjack who lives with his family his wife and eleven children in precarious conditions. With his low wages, he is only able to feed his family with rice and beans. Unexpectedly, his wife manages with much effort to buy and a turkey. She cooks it for Macario and tells him to go to the forest to eat it alone.
In the forest, Macario is visited by 3 characters who individually ask him for a portion of the turkey. Macario denies sharing the turkey with the Devil and God. The third visitor is death. Macario accepts to share half of his turkey with him. In exchange for his generosity, Macario grants powers over life and death. Death confers him with healing water.
However, the water will only work if Death is standing at the feet of the sufferer. Macario is quickly forced to prove the efficiency of the water, for one of his children suddenly falls ill. Macario manages to cure him and his reputation as a healer begins. He is requested to cure other convalescents, whose relatives pay with belongings or money.
Macario begins to improve his quality of life and that of his family. At the insistence of his wife, the viceroy, sent for Macario. Against his will, Macario visited the viceroy who offered him a quarter of his fortune or any object of the palace he desired.
In addition, the viceroy offered Macario a license to practice medicine. In return, Macario was obliged to cure his son. If Macario did not cure his son, the viceroy had threatened to hand him over to the Inquisition court under the charge of sorcery, so he would be burned publicly alive in the Alameda. Macario asked to be alone with the child. With doubts the viceroy accepted.
Macario observed death standing at the head of the bed. Macario had not spoken to death since he had shared his turkey. He had not addressed death even when it had claimed his relatives. But this time it was different. If Macario failed he would be burned alive and all the goods he had obtained would pass to the Church. His wife and children would be helpless. But death did not accept: "Sorry friend, but in this case, I can do nothing to get you out of such a complicated situation, what I can tell you is that on very rare occasions I have felt as much sadness as now, believe me, Macario" he replied.
Macario tried to get the last drops of healing water from the bottle but his sudden movements caused the bottle to break. Then, he stopped fighting. And with the resignation of the lost causes, he looked at the boy and realized that he had died. He knew his life was over too. He fell to the floor, exhausted. As Macario did not return home, his wife went to look for him with the help of his neighbors. After an exhaustive search, they found him in the forest. He was comfortably leaning on a tree.
It seemed that he slept, and dreamed pleasantly to judge by the smile he had. But as he approached, his wife noticed that he was dead.
On the floor were two halves of turkey of a half only the bones were found, on the opposite side, there was another half of turkey, but intact. His wife was surprised. Death is a common theme since pre. Life was prolonged in death. And vice versa. Death was not the natural end of life, but the phase of an infinite cycle.
However, it is not indifference, but familiarity produced by the fact of being constantly exposed to it. This can be seen in the dialogues that develop Macario and Death, "They ate together, and that was a cheerful meal, dotted with witty flowers and juicy jokes by the guest, as well as great laughter and laughter from the host.
Macario -Bruno Traven
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The novel is an accusation of the greed of capitalist employers and bureaucracy of officials who deport Gale from the countries where he is seeking refuge. Assuming that B. Traven is identical with the revolutionary Ret Marut, there is a clear parallel between the fate of Gale and the life of the writer himself, devoid of his home country, who might have been forced to work in a boiler room of a steamer on a voyage from Europe to Mexico. The action of the book is again set in Mexico, and its main characters are a group of American adventurers and gold seekers. The film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston , was a great commercial success, and in it won three Academy Awards. In the novel, Traven first dealt in detail with the question of the Indians living in America and with the differences between Christian and Indian cultures in Latin America; these problems dominated his later Jungle Novels. The novels describe the life of Mexican Indians in the state of Chiapas in the early 20th century who are forced to work under inhuman conditions at clearing mahogany in labour camps monterias in the jungle; this results in rebellion and the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution.