Time period – early 20th century (p33 line 7, “…helicopters”, page 31 second line from the bottom “..carrying rifles”) José de Sousa Saramago, was born on 16 November 1922 – 18 June 2010 was a Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright, journalist and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature. Awarded the 1998 Nobel Prize in Literature, more than two million copies of Saramago's books have been sold in Portugal alone and his work has been translated into 25 languages. 1992, the Portuguese government ordered the removal of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ from the European Literary Prize's shortlist, claiming the work was religiously offensive. Disheartened by this political censorship of his work, Saramago went into exile on the Spanish island of Lanzarote, upon which he resided until his death in 2010. 3) Theme
Alienation, Loneliness, dullness, inner struggle/ conflict (man half vs animal half), external conflict (centaur and villagers) Persecution of people who are unique – homosexual, philosopher, poets, atheists etc.. 4) The connection between the title and the character
Title is the main character which represents the themes. The main character is the last surviving centaur from the ancient time. Half man and half horse represent the conflict within oneself. Centaur as a whole, wondering alone without any purpose to live in the modern world was chased by the villages until his death because he was different.
5) The relationship between the man and the horse. It is strange to see that over thousands of years the man half still struggle to get use to or control his animal half. Even when he needed to sleep (p18 from line 12 – tells us the problem he had when he about to sleep)( p25 from line 12- the horse reacted first before the man could see where the problem was coming from) (p31 in the second para – tells us the frustration he had) 6) There are few conflicts in...