The People of Paper Symbols & Objects

Salvador Plascencia
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People of Paper

Aside from being the book's title, the phrase "people of paper" refers to both characters constructed out of actual paper (i.e. Merced de Papel, other characters referred to more glancingly) and also the book's other characters who are alive only because their stories and/or identities exist ON paper (i.e. the paper on which the book is published). The concept "people of paper" is significant because it evokes / manifests the novel's thematic interest in the frailty of life / existence, and also evokes how "people of paper" (i.e. characters in novels) can come "alive" during the writing process and take over their own stories, as the characters in the book "The People of Paper" attempt to do.

The Sickle

In mythic iconography / symbolism, a sickle has several meanings: it is a tool for harvesting (i.e. grain); it is a weapon for...

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