Chac-Mool is a relatively weird story from the ones we usually read. It starts off with the story of an average man trying to cope with his friends death. There is some mystery to his friends death, but one would think it could possibly be a car accident or a judgment call that led to his death. One would never expect that it would have to do with a South American legend-god. Chac-Mool is more of a myth than a story with a goal. Chac-Mool is a ancient artifact that is rare to find. “I found the Chac Mool in the junk shop to which Pepe directed me. It’s a precious piece, of natural dimension, and although the merchant insists on its originality, I doubt it” The whole story revolves around two main themes; being taken away from your land and the fact that one has to die for his story to be believed. We know he was taken from his land when filbert wrote “Chac Mool can be nice when he wants to..., a glug-glug of delightful water... He knows fantastic stories about monsoons, equatorial rains, the punishment of the deserts; every plant derives from his mythic paternity”. First, the symbolism in the story comes in when the explanation of how the statue was procured is told. The statue was brought in from its natural habitat near a pond/lake. That represents its homeland or where it feels the safest, they ripped away from their which could either represent his aggressive behavior or could be symbolizing all the modern day conflicts. A example is the ongoing conflict between Palestine and Israel, where Palestine was taken its land away from it while Israel is depending on the upcoming generations to accept the current situation. As a reply, Palestinians are using violence because that’s the only thing they can do.
The other theme is when the writer was saying that one has to die to get his story believed. No one actually thought that the outcome of the story would actually be death. But when the writer discovered that his friend had died he...
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