The Devil's Backbone Analysis

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For as long as humans have been recording their history, it is common to find some type of story/folklore in their recordings. Some might be served as entertainment purposes while other are stories of a paranormal experience. It is save to say that as society changes, one thing says constant: people love to hear stories from fairytales to ghosts stories. Another constant is that these stories are always relevant to society in any era, hence why stories continue to be told over and over again. The Devil’s Backbone is a true example of how to plot is relevance to the everyday lives of people in the United States now. It is a film about a little boy by the name of Santi that got killed by the antagonist Jacinto. His spirit then haunts the orphanage/boarding…show more content…
In The Devil’s Backbone it was clear that Santi had unfinished business with his killer, and that’s why he still sucks around haunting the rooms and halls of the school. When Carlos first arrives, Santi quickly revealed his presence to him. When Carlos brought up that he saw a ghost to Dr. Casares, he quickly put fear in Carlos by using a metaphoric scenario of what happens to people that believe in ghosts. The most prominent phrase that stuck out to me was the “limbo Juice.” Limbo juice physically was aged old rum mixed with spices and cloves in a jar with. The most disturbing part was that it was with death babies that dies quickly after birth. The word Limbo is a Christian terminology used for two types of people: the first, “infants who died being getting baptized and the righteous who died before coming to Christ. “ (Dictionary) Many times when people die before their time, it is believed that they cannot go to the light without finishing business on earth. These people are stuck in a place between heaven and hell. When doctors use the term “limbo juice” followed by describing the baby’s opened spins are the devil’s backbone, we get a clear answer of what inspired the title of the story. Dr. Carares explains that it comes from a story that states babies that were born with an open back, were never meant to be born in the first place, hence the name “The Devil’s…show more content…
Casares also states that “Europe is sick with fear now, and fear sickens the soul.” This phrase was representing the state of their country during the Spanish Civil War. To fear something is to deny yourself of hope. Hope what their country lost. It was now taken over by fear. The literary sense “sickens the soul” is the turning lump we feel in our stomach every time we worry or fear the worst. In this sense, Dr, Casares is saying he fears the worst for Europe and that Carlos is fearing the worst from the stories he’s heard. In tough times, many people typically lose hope and fear the worst for their future, and Dr. Carsare certainty
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