Essay on Experiment in Literature in My Life with the Wave

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Experiment in Literature in My Life with the Wave Octavio Paz’s extraordinary tale of "My Life with the Wave" is exactly about what the title states, a man’s life with a body of water. Paz experiments with the norm and takes literature to a higher level (Christ 375). He plays with our imagination from the start and lets us believe the man has stolen "a daughter of the sea." These two beings try to establish a relationship despite their extremely different backgrounds and in so doing take us on a journey of discovery. The way these two characters react to one another represents the friction found in so many types of relationships. This is a love affair doomed from the beginning but destined to be experienced. Like so many…show more content…
She is a survivor and is well established upon her man’s return. Paz describes the wave’s insatiable appetite for attention and understanding in an almost unimaginable way. He gives the wave a personality all her own as if to point out that no emotions like hers exist in the human realm. Water is in constant motion and becomes riled when attacked by wind and lightening. It reacts and becomes tempestuous and the reader can see where the wave might resemble a human woman. But she is reactionary at best and tries their relationship. The wave can in some ways be exactly like a woman. As water, she can envelop the man, lapping and devouring him, and then trying to control him with demands and desperation. The man in the story tries to please the wave, but his attempt only frustrates him. There is realism though in the way the man cares for the wave as if she had the feelings of a human woman. The wave knows little about the man and how to love him. She is a force created by nature as is he, but seems to be genetically programmed and unyielding in the sense that she can be nothing but water. She was created to be a life force for sea life. The man feeds her in many ways and Paz explains this symbolically when he states "The horrible fish he fed her laughed with ferocious smiles" as if to say for all his love he got little in return (Paz 854). The wave can only serve man as a life-giving source, not as a companion.

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