Christ in Concrete

Throughout the novel, there is much influence of Christ and religion. Of course one can see by just reading the title. Throughout the fourth part of the novel, Fiesta one can really see the way they portray Christ and its meaning. One of the events in this part of the story is when Paul is sent home and his worker bodies are drinking and having a “good time”. For the characters, it is seen as a good time, but for a reader, one might be afraid of the worst that could happen. The scene has Nazone just like Jesus Christ being crucified. He is stripped and put on a cross that the others made for him. Just like Christ, Nazone is humiliated and made fun of because of his religion and faith in God. As a reader, I really thought that Nazone was dead because he did not respond at first. He was placed on the cross in the freezing cold. Luckily, after being tickled, Nazone some gains consciousness and laughs with the rest.

This really is important to the novel because of what it symbolizes. It shows that there are people who still have faith in God but then there are others who mock the belief of God. Nazone was a great believer and was mocked because of it. The rest of the group were like the those who did not believe Jesus was the son of God. They just laughed at him and thought of that idea as a joke. 

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  1. I certainly agree that the scene is shocking! But as we discussed in class, I think this scene fits into a broader pattern in part IV of “fiesta,” excessive carnivalesque celebrations that actually bind the community through their transgressiveness. And of course by the end of the novel, we see that Paul himself has renounced Catholicism, so the novel ends up moving away from defending Catholic piety.

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