Julio Cortázar Questions and Answers

Julio Cortázar

Julio Cortázar’s "House Taken Over" is a Latin American short story that was first published in the 1940s. In Spanish, the short story is known as "Casa Tomada." The story is about a brother and...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020 3:13 pm UTC

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Julio Cortázar

Two central themes in this metaphoric short story are the clash between the individual and society and the insular essence of families. The theme related to the title, "Simulacra," is the clash...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2016 8:18 pm UTC

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Julio Cortázar

There are any number of literary elements to choose from in "House Taken Over," but I can outline a few of the major ones here. Perhaps the simplest is that Cortázar uses a first-person point of...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 1:47 am UTC

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Julio Cortázar

Cortázar's short stories are great examples of "hijacked" realist fiction. Both "The Continuity of Parks" and "House Taken Over" incorporate elements of magical realism that cause us to question...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018 1:42 pm UTC

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Julio Cortázar

One of the most interesting things about the first out-of-the-ordinary event that occurs in Julio Cortázar’s story is its lack of precision. Two siblings live in the house that is gradually...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2019 10:39 pm UTC

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Julio Cortázar

"Casa Tomada," or "House Taken Over," is a short story written by Argentine writer Julio Cortazar. It was first published in 1946 in the literary magazine, Los anales de Buenos Aires, which was...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 10:08 am UTC

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Julio Cortázar

In Meeting, the motif of nature highlights the themes of revolution and the transcending character of Luis/Fidel, one of the chief revolutionaries of the Cuban Revolution. The story begins with a...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2017 3:27 pm UTC

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In "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," Márquez uses magical realism to veneer mistreatment and discriminatory behavior. The main character is a magical creature who lands in a small village. His...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2020 7:11 pm UTC

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Julio Cortázar

Both Julio Cortázar's "The Continuity of Parks" and Jorge Luis Borges's "The Circular Ruins" begin with a clearly established bifurcation between reality and illusion. In Cortázar's story, the...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020 12:04 am UTC

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Julio Cortázar

You could probably find several idioms in Julio Cortázar’s short story “House Taken Over.” Remember, an idiom is a common expression that mostly only makes sense within a specific language or...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2020 1:07 pm UTC

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Julio Cortázar

In the story, Julio Cortázar presents an Argentine family, consisting of adult brother and sister, who reside in an old, once-elegant home in Buenos Aires. The brother, who is the unnamed...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 3:23 pm UTC

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Julio Cortázar

Based on Johnny's obsessions with time and space and his comments to Bruno about once having almost seen to "the other side of the door," it seems that what Johnny is pursuing is a unified...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2010 3:04 am UTC

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