Plot[ edit ] The story centers on Macario, a poor indigenous woodcutter, during Colonial Mexico , on the eve of the Day of the Dead , who lives embittered for being so poor and hungry. His economic situation keeps him and his family at the edge of starvation. After he sees a procession of roast turkeys , his dream is to eat a whole roast turkey just by himself. He announces in front of his wife and children that he will not eat until his dream comes true. His worried wife steals a turkey and gives it to Macario before he heads to the mountains to work.
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Plot[ edit ] The story centers on Macario, a poor indigenous woodcutter, during Colonial Mexico , on the eve of the Day of the Dead , who lives embittered for being so poor and hungry. His economic situation keeps him and his family at the edge of starvation. After he sees a procession of roast turkeys , his dream is to eat a whole roast turkey just by himself. He announces in front of his wife and children that he will not eat until his dream comes true.
His worried wife steals a turkey and gives it to Macario before he heads to the mountains to work. However, just as Macario prepares to eat the turkey, three men appear to him. The first one is the Devil in the guise of a fine gentleman, who tempts Macario in order to get a piece of the turkey. The second one is God in the guise of an old man. Macario refuses to share the turkey with either, since he believes that they both have the means necessary to get themselves what they want.
When a third figure —a peasant like himself— appears to him, he gladly shares the turkey with the man. The third man is none other than Death itself. Death is unsure why Macario has shared his turkey with him and not with the Devil and God. Macario responds, "Whenever you appear, there is no time for anything else. Death is amused and as a compensation, names Macario his "friend" and gives him miraculous water that will heal any disease.
This "friendship" lasts for years, but they never speak to each other, but merely stare. Death hints that Macario will meet him later that day. Macario returns home to find his son cold from falling into the well. Macario tries the water on his son and eventually becomes known as a miraculous healer, creating such commotion that the church itself will accuse him of heresy, and even the Viceroy will ask for his services, to cure his son.
He is promised freedom if he can save the boy, or to be burned at the stake otherwise. The making of the wax and length of the candle all factor into the lifespan of a given person. When Macario sees how short his candle is, he begs Death to save it but Death refuses. In desperation, Macario snatches up his candle and runs out of the cavern, not heeding the shouts of Death behind him. The last scenes begin at twilight on the day that Macario shared the turkey with Death. He has not come home, and his wife and some villagers are looking for Macario out in the woods only to find him peacefully dead, next to a turkey divided in halves: one of which is eaten, the other being intact, as if he died not fulfilling his dream of eating a complete turkey for himself.
Resumen de Macario
A partir de ese momento, Macario vive experiencias extraordinarias. Macario, obra considerada como uno de los mejores textos de Traven, ha encontrado una entusiasta acogida en todo el mundo. Padre de once hijos andrajosos y hambrientos, no deseaba riquezas, ni cambiar por una casa bien construida el jacal que habitaba con su familia. Cuando Macario llegaba a su hogar, al anochecer, tiraba la carga, con un suspiro revelador de su agotamiento. Macario nunca pegaba a su mujer.
Macario De Bruno Traven
Shelves: supernatural Macario. I was aware of the existence of the movie and the basics of the story before I knew it was a written tale. I had hoped to either watch the movie or read the book for a while now but it just never happened for one reason or another. That is, until now. First thing that struck me Macario. Soon I came to know the author was a German immigrant, which made me feel a bit conflicted.
Macario -Bruno Traven