Lizard Who Had the Habit Research Paper

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). It's a pretty scary version of the relationship between men and women but that reviewer seems to think that because Galeano is a man, he is writing about men's feelings about being vulnerable to women and how dangerous it is because women will eat vulnerable men. That might be a theme because the lizard is male, eats women, then gets eaten by a woman. That might also be a theme because Galeano has been married three times and had bad marriages, though it's hard to tell. The reviewers also see the theme of "political symbolism" in that "My first impression was that the parents felt like European and Americans who exploited Latin America and the Dulcido felt like the generals they tried to control who ate up the country. But, then, what of the woman? Could she be the rebels who try to take it back?" (Goodreads, Inc.). This theme seems to come from a person who knows something about Galeano's background as a leftist who was imprisoned and had to flee South America because of military coups. Although all these themes make sense, the last theme is the closest to my own review.

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Without knowing Galeano's background, the four themes used by the reviewers might be more than enough. However, knowing Galeano's background can also make one think of "rich against poor." Though no reviewer has mentioned this, the lizard is rich, eats many poor girls because "In the households of the poor, there was always some spare girl" (Galeano 291) and nobody seems to care. Then he meets his match in a strange girl that nobody knows, he falls in love with her and she eats him after pushing him around on their wedding night. The story does seem to be a fable and an allegory, as the reviewers say, but it also seems to be a statement about the relationship between rich people, who eat the poor, and the revenge that will come against the rich. That would make sense for Galeano, because he uses his writing "for the defense of human and economic rights for the poor and to expose the historical and contemporary exploitation of Latin America's lands and peoples" (Global Exchange). Without knowing exactly what it means to be a South American leftist, we do know that he is a Marxist who was sent to prison, had to run away from two countries because of his beliefs and could not return to his home country until 1985. It seems that his political beliefs about the rich, his fights for the poor and his fights against their exploitation come through in this short story.


Eduardo Galeano is an important political leftist from South America. Raised a Catholic but soon to become a Marxist, he worked in many jobs but eventually became a writer. As a writer, he has fought for the poor, for the people of his own country of Uruguay and for Freedom of Speech. Although he has suffered because of his strong political beliefs, he is also praised and rewarded for being a fearless fighter. His short story of "The Story of the Lizard

Who Had the Habit of Dining on His Wives" is not his most famous work and it is only a 4-page story; however, it has many themes. The story has the themes of "be careful what you wish for," "what goes around comes around," the relationships between men and women, and political symbolism about South America. Though nobody mentioned this, his short story also seems to have the theme of "rich against poor," which makes sense because of Galeano's history and political beliefs. Even his short story shows why Galeano is thought to be a major voice for the poor, his countrymen and Freedom of Speech.

Works Cited

ABC Radio National - Australia. "Sunday Story | The Story of the Lizard Who Had the Habit of Dining on His Wives by Eduardo Galeano." 2 January 2011. Web site. Web. 21 March 2012.

Dagerman, Lo. "Annual Award." 2011. Web site. Web. 22 March 2012.

Galeano, Eduardo. "The Story of the Lizard Who Had the Habit of Dining on His Wives." Halpern, Daniel, (Editor). The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories. New York, NY: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1999. 291-294. Print.

Global Exchange. "Three to Be Awarded for Extraordinary Contributions in Human Rights, Community Building and Economic Justice." 26 May 2006. Web site. Web. 22 March 2012.

Goodreads, Inc. "Constant Reader Discussion | Short Stories | The Story of the Lizard Who Had the Habit of Dining on His Wives." 17 May 2009. Web site. Web. 21 March 2012.

Liukkonen, Petri and Ari Pesonen Kuusankosken kaupunginkirjasto. "Eduardo Galeano." 2008. Kirjasto Web site. Web. 22 March 2012.

Malan, Michael. "Story Review: The Story of the Lizard who had the Habit of Dining on His Wives." 5 November 2010. Web site. Web. 221 March 2012.

Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. "Allegory." 2012.… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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