Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A concluding comment on Reino

Something I've been pondering is the failure of both "kingdoms", led first by whites then by blacks. Obviously race has a lot to do with it, but I concluded in feeling that Carpentier was not so much making particular statements about whites versus blacks but rather that they, when faced with too much power, both fall victim to tyranny. Carpentier expresses that all people, irrespective of race, fall victim to that power that having power holds over you. You'd like to say that the blacks would get their act in gear enough to rule democratically and, most importantly, remembering from what they come (the voo-doo, lo real maravilloso, nature), but power is too much for most people to know what to do with it. That is all. :)

1 comment:

  1. Interesting perspective on the fall of both kingdoms being caused by tyranny. I think the first revolt basicaly paves the way for the second though because they know how to rise against the opression given time and the fact that there king was weakend made it a perfect time to overthrough the monarchy