Rodolfo Usigli’s El gesticulador is a political commentary in dramatic guise. . son como las botellas que se usan en el teatro: con etiqueta de coñac, y rellenas . Recommended Citation. Alvarez, Luz Maria, “Analisis Literario de el Gesticulador de Rodolfo Usigli” (). Master’s Theses. El Gesticulador (pieza para demagogos en tres actos) [Rodolfo Usigli, Rex Aproximaciones al estudio de la literatura hispanica, sexta edicion (Spanish.

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I was able to connect with him and u Usigli’s book tells the story of one man’s prolonged impersonation of one of the Mexican revolution’s infamous generals, Cesar Rubio. I would even venture to say that his role as a US professor is directly related to how the United States tends to be greedy, sticking its nose in gestixulador countries’ business.

In summary, this story highlights the desperate and extensive efforts of one man, in the wake of the Mexican Gedticulador, attempting to elevate his status through a lie, to reinstate some of the goals of the revolutionaries as he runs for governor equalityand as a result, is not fully supported by his family and in the end, is assassinated. Although the authors’ muralist counterparts practiced and produced similar and unified works conveying similar messages, the written artists experienced their own sort of identity crisis because there was no central message or common genre.

Ernie Cordell rated it it was amazing Nov 26, Fue un escritor indagador de la verdad. I enjoyed reading El gesticulador more than I thought I would. Murderers could pose as heroes, thieves as diplomats and charlatans as founts of wisdom. Oct 11, Guy Arcuri rated it really liked it. The work thus became the only play in Mexican history to be censored by the government.

La universalidad de El gesticulador de Rodolfo Usigli: Una lectura brechtiana

Matthew Leonard rated it really liked it Sep 22, To me, Usigli uses his characters as symbols of the Mexican Revolution.

First, the idealistic martyr who dies early in the war, the professor gesticuladoor inherits and tries to keep alive the revolution’s legacy but fails, and then the politician who tries to evoke the ideals of the hero but is killed by the strongman and only ends up perpetrating the violence. Es la obra capital de Rodolfo Usigli. The play opens, and one of the first lines is Julia complaining that she is ugly. The repetition of her self-loathing demonstrates the machista attitude rodolvo Mexico.


The revolution destroyed the old order and made room for gesticuladpr to be whatever they wanted gestivulador be. Feb 03, Callie Deddens rated it really liked it. Its debut in the Mexico City ‘s Palacio de Bellas Artes was welcomed by the theater-going public, but was met with hostility by the Mexican government.

It is well written and an easy read, but I expected more from the ending. The government cancelled several performances, and writers were hired to severely criticize the performances that were allowed to go on.

Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references. Fue uno de los mexicanos con mayor sentido de universalidad.

But for me, Usigli is critiquing this way of “finding oneself” suggesting that identity cannot be rooted only in desire, deception, and falsities. His legacy will live on because of those who believe in it, just like the Mexican Revolution, while appearing to be a failure to some, lived on through those who believed in its purpose. I can understand why this play was extremely controversial at the time that it was published.

El gesticulador by Rodolfo Usigli

This play brought a lot of interesting gesticculador about identity to the surface for me as well. In the second act one of the most interesting dialogue exchanges is between Estrella and Elena in which Estrella says to her “What admirable feminine insight! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Un ciudadano del Teatro. Written in the late What is truth?

The play was daring for its time in that it used the true language of contemporary politics, a first for Mexican literature. This article needs additional citations for verification.

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J Luis Rivera rated it it was amazing Sep 19, One thing that stuck out to me was how Usigli addressed the idea of the Mexican “mask.


Julia saw truth in that which allowed her to overcome her physical appearance and live the life which she believed was her. On the surface, there are two Cesar Rubios. Oct 02, Dusty rated it it was amazing Recommended to Dusty by: Generally, I do not enjoy reading play’s however I for me, this was an enjoyable read and I think that I can attribute it roolfo both the combination of the plot as well as the way that Usigli constructed the play so that felt that it flowed quickly.

Written in the late s, El Gesticulador took a decade to make it to the stage. Jan 26, Ivan T. July Learn how and when to remove this template message. I think these are allegorical of three parts of the Mexican Revolution. Rubio claims to be the deceased hero, telling the professor that, disillusioned with the course of the D, he had embraced anonymity until thirty years thereafter.

Elena allowed herself to be convinced that what started as a lie in reality became a harmless opportunity for an unlucky man to take hold of his potential. El gesticulador embodies the “search for identity” so common to literature of the Mexican Revolution.

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This play allows the reader gesticuladorr question appearances and re-evaluate their conception of right and wrong. I also like how Usigli developed Cesar by introducing his family and their frustration with him on an intimate level. Refresh and try again. Another pivotal role is that of Oliver Bolton. I truly enjoyed reading Usigli’s play and have already contemplated how it could be staged. Feb 03, Janey Fugate rated it liked it.

I read this with a rather snarky voice in mind which I believe heightens the male dominance portrayed throughout the play. Quotes from El gesticulador. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Rita Montes rated it it was amazing Mar 02,

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