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Analysis: One of these days

One of these days, a short, very short story written by Gabriel Garcia

Marquez, is considered one of his masterpieces. This is the story of the

consequences of a corrupt mayor that lead to a head-on-head argument with

a local dentist.

The story opens on a low and gloomy raining Monday. Escovar, a

dentist with no degree, arrives at work and prepares the equipment for the

day. After laying out part of his equipment, he is interrupted by the arrival of

the village mayor. His son rushes to tell him that the mayor wants a tooth

pulled but Escovar ignores it. Readers might take note from this that there

might be something between Escovar and the mayor because which dentist

refuses a costumer like the mayor with deep pockets.

The story continues with his son telling his father about the mayor’s

threat of violence if Escovar doesn’t see the mayor and help him. With an

extremely tranquil movement, he stops what he is doing and takes out a

revolver. O.K. he said. “Tell him to come shoot me”. The author uses

“tranquil movement” to show how fearless and bold Escovar is towards the

mayor’s threat of violence. The story steps into the rising action and slowly

reveals the true conflict between these two characters. The mayor walks in,

Escovar saw desperation in his eyes and decides to show mercy on him. Just

when we think everything is over, the author uses conversation between the

mayor and Escovar to bring back the readers attention. Escovar tells the mayor the tooth has to be pulled without anesthesia because the mayor has

an abscess. The mayor senses that it is a lie but because of the severe situation he is having, he reluctantly agrees to it.

The story reaches its climax when Escovar yells out “Now you’ll pay

for our twenty dead man” and pulls the mayor’s tooth out. A possible

conflict between the mayor and Escovar might not be direct rather...
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