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An important theme in The Death of Artemio Cruz by Calrlos Fuentes was the comparison of romanticism and survival This is shown through two important characters Artemio Cruz and his son Lorenzo A romantic Lorenzo is a being that has ideals and fights for them They know their goals and try to achieve them while survivors have an only goal of keeping themselves alive The survivors live through their choices and the romantics die as heroes but each one complements the missing half of the other Artemio Cruz is a typical survivor He knew how to fuck up other people and not get himself fucked over PAGE 137 His choices allow him to survive and others to be killed Although he lives through his choices Fuentes shows through his interesting narrative device of expressing Cruzs unconscious thoughts and memories that he regrets and reflects upon while on his deathbed When the second person narrator says that you are going to liveYou are going to be the meeting point the universal orders reason for beingYour body has a reason for beingYour life has a reason for beingYou are you will be you were the universe incarnate PAGE 305 he is trying to show that everyone has a reason for living Fuentes shows the reader why Artemios life is so important and why he believes that he is a model to the people Artemio Cruz lives through his choices He chooses to be a survivor but each time he makes a choice he leaves part of his romantic half behind since he saved himself instead of others Instead of following his ideals he follows his greed He chooses to become rich and corrupt and to abandon his dreams but he regrets doing a lot of those things because he killed many people in order to survive including a part of himself He said that he could have died at Peraleswith that soldierI survived You died
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