Critical Comparison of the Content and Literary Devices Used in Bon Voyage, Mr. President by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Perplexing Simplicity of a

Critical Comparison of the Content and Literary Devices Used in Bon Voyage, Mr. President by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Perplexing Simplicity of a

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Critical Comparison of the Content and Literary Devices Used in Bon Voyage, Mr. President by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and The Perplexing Simplicity of a Lack of Nothing


Bon Voyage, Mr President is a short story written by Gabriel Garcia
Marquez. This is a tale of a South American President in exile.
Nearing the end of his days, we are given an insight into the life of
a man with injured pride, reminiscing the days that went by and so
fast, where the President had lost everything he had worked for and
knew.

Quotes

Bon Voyage, Mr. President

‘Resting on the silver handle of his cane’

This quotation emphasises the Presidents elegance and importance. His
importance is enforced by the fact he carries a cane and not a common
walking stick. A cane being the common tool of intimidation used by
the military and by those who feel they are superior to the average
civilian. The silver handle on the cane illustrates his elegance. He
had style, elegance and capital, as well as authority, his overall
effect being a man of status.

‘He was one more incognito in the city of illustrious incognitos’

This quotation is a contradiction. Incognito means in disguise, while
illustrious means to stand out. This paradox sums up the President;
he wants to not be noticed, but still wants fame. So while wearing
clothes everyone else was wearing, something would make him stand
out. He wants fame and power, but not for being the President in
exile.

‘Only the weariness of his skin betrayed the state of his health’

Where the president dressed stylishly, with fine clothes, and his hair
did not give away hints of age, with strands of grey...


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...lk shirt with cotton shorts’. This Rhetoric gives
the opposite impression to which Bon Voyage, Mr. President was trying
to bestow. This is an easy mistake, but if read together would
confuse the reader.

The Perplexing Simplicity of a Lack of Nothing is a very difficult
piece to understand, with maybe hidden meaning. There was hardly any
significance that could be drawn from it. A huge failure, of the
author, was that, there did not seem to be any constant story line,
there was a base, but the majority jumped from idea to idea. Also,
the words used were difficult to comprehend in a short story and too
many used too close together. This material was more novel quality
rather than an extract or short story, the author should have kept in
mind what type of story they were asked to compose and not trail from
it.

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