Read the short Story “The Eclipse” by Augusto Monterroso. 2. Prepare the set of pre-case questions as a homework. • 3. Question-Based Discussion. • 4. Summary in English: El Eclipse was written by Augusto Monterroso. It takes place in several centuries ago when the Spanish were sending missionaries to the. Augusto Monterroso utilizes irony to outline the demise of Brother Bartolomo Arazzola, at the hands of Arazzola’s own arrogance. Instances of.

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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. The story is a complete narrative of events occurred in the past 16th Century with a surprisingly closed ending. Mayan Indians and a Spanish priest. Why do you want to teach this case?

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What perspective s do you want your students to consider the issues from? What analysis do you want your students to do that will further your objectives? What concept or theory might be relevant to this analysis? What is the discussion you want to have? What is the sequence of questions that eclipee be your plan?

El eclipse by Augusto Monterroso

What process Options might you monterrpso, e. Short lecture 15 minutes on the purpose and general background of the case. Students read the story as a homework assignment and prepare set of pre- case study questions.

auguato The instructor asks questions and keeps track of answers. Prepare the set of pre-case questions as a homework. How would you classify this story?


Where was the priest from? Who is Carlos V? Why did the priest mention Carlos V? Where does the action take place? How were the indians going to kill him and where? Why does the indians want to kill him?

Essay – Imagery for “The Eclipse”

How is the jungle depicted? Why did the Mayan Indians kill the Spanish priest? How did they kill him?

In your opinion, was this action justified? The powerful Guatemalan jungle had trapped him inexorably and definitively. Before his topographical ignorance he sat quietly awaiting death. He wanted to die there, hopelessly and alone, with his thoughts fixed on far-away Spain, particularly on the Los Abrojos convent where Charles the Fifth had once condescended to lessen his prominence and tell him that he trusted the religious zeal of his redemptive work.

Upon awakening he found himself surrounded by a group of indifferent natives who were getting ready to sacrifice him in front of an altar, an altar that to Bartolome seemed to be the place montetroso which he would finally rest from his fears, his destiny, from himself. Three years in the land had given him a fair knowledge of the native tongues. He said a few words which were understood. He then had an idea he considered worthy of his talent, universal culture and steep knowledge of Aristotle.

He remembered that a total eclipse of the sun was expected on that day and in his innermost thoughts he decided to use that knowledge to deceive his oppressors and save his life. He saw that a small counsel was set up and waited confidently, not without some disdain.


Translated by Wilfrido H. Have things changed much since the Discovery? Are any of these ideas relevant today? Provide evidence to support your claims. You know they are going to sacrifice you elipse you have to convince the Indians to stop the sacrifice. They give you some time to think while auugsto are having an assembly. You know their language. As you consider your course of action in response to the situation described above, you also know or believe being a catholic priest the following: Who are the Mayans?

Where do they live? What have been the greatest achievements of their culture? What is the central problem in this story? What are the causes of this problem? Who are the agents? How do the Indians look at him?

What do you think the Indians “consulted” one another about? How did the Indians know about the eclipses?

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