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In the prologue of Lazarillo De Tormes the narrator openly suggests that the order in which he recounts the astonishing events of his life will greatly influence the readers understanding and interpretation of him the mischievous hero In writing to His Honour Lazaro remarks I think Id better start at the beginning not in the middle so that you may know all about me ostensibly implying that the early years of his life contain details crucial to the readers appreciation of his present circumstances In addition to this superficial interpretation of Lazaros intentions strong evidence suggests that a more probing examination of the narrators desire to start at the beginning is warranted After a more intensive perusal of the text Lazaros true motivation for not beginning in the middle becomes apparent Had the tale started in the middle Chapter 4 the reader would have formed a decidedly different much more critical view of Lazaro than he or she does when starting at the beginning Chapter 1 Since the narrative Lazarillo De Tormes contains seven chapters Chapter 4 sits proudly in the middle In this chapter rather than explicitly declare the sexual abuse he suffers at the hands of his fourth master Lazaro understandably masks the indignity in the form of innuendo However by using a well-known reference to sexual abuse He gave me the first pair of shoes I ever went through in my life Lazaro makes certain that some if not most of the readers will recognize his concealed declaration Since Lazaro is aware that the astute reader will undoubtedly discern his nebulous confession the fact that he specifically states in the prologue that he should begin with Chapter 1 not Chapter 4 becomes pointedly relevant because as he said he wants the reader to know all about me If Lazaro had started his story in the middle that is with Chapter 4 the reader would most probably interpret Chapter 4 much
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