Nature and Meteorological Phenomena as Constituents of El Canto Del Agua by Nelly Rosario

By Clementina E. Adams.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Meteorological phenomena are important factors in Nelly Rosario’s work, El canto del agua. The main characters are framed by their social space of poverty, need, hunger, and evil sects. That background of misery is also an element of strength for the main characters. In the cosmos of the poor, surrounded by misery and broken dreams, philosophy and meditation are reflected in the actions of the characters in the story, especially when they go against their own principles and beliefs. In the novel, there is a contrast between the world of the poor, which is arid, dirty, and dark, and the world of dreams and escapism, which although not a tangible one, is enchanting and powerful. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rosa Maria Briton, Angela Hernandez, and Isabel Allende, among many, have explored and populated that surrealistic space. Rosario uses meteorological phenomena as part of the narrative and to represent characters moods in the story. This technique has been successfully used by Garcia Marquez in most of his short stories and novels. Humanism is a source of inspiration and action in this novel. meteorological phenomena as part of the narrative and to facilitate moods in the story. This technique has been successfully used by Garcia Marquez in almost all of his short stories and novels. Humanism is a fountain of inspiration and action in this novel.

Keywords: Meteorological Phenomena, Poverty, Humanism, Surrealism, Nature, Weather, Sensations, Dreams, Culture

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 7, pp.227-240. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 639.101KB).

Dr. Clementina E. Adams

Professor, Department of Languages, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA

Clementina Adams was born in Colombia, South America. She began her career as a specialist in Hispanic literature and culture, in her country, and then she focused her post graduate studies in the area of Educational Psychology and Instructional Systems at Florida State University. Her research publications include two books on Latin American Women writers, and one co-authored book on the life and works of a contemporary Panamanian writer. In addition, she has a large number of chapters in books, and articles on Latin American writers in general, and Afro-Hispanics in particular, which have been published in refereed Journals as well as part of selected conference proceedings. In recent years she has become more focused in both her teaching and research on the links between language and public health. She designed and developed the Language and International Health program, which she founded. One of her current projects is a comparative study, in conjunction with Associate Professor of Chinese Yanhua Zhang, about Spanish and Chinese traditional and folk medicine and their influence on current US pharmaceuticals.

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