Works by Mariano José de Larra (II)

Works by Mariano José de Larra (II)
Works by Mariano José de Larra (II)

In yesterday's article we began with the first part of this article dedicated to an analysis of the most relevant works of Mariano José de Larra, mostly known by his pseudonym "Figaro" in the articles he wrote at the time of Spanish romanticism.

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Works by Mariano José de Larra

Continuing with Mariano José de Larra's literary legacy of articles on social and political criticism, it is important to point out that the highest point of his lyrics was marked by costumbrista and social articles. In them, the vividness of the dialogues and the irony with which he continually expressed himself, made them reach critical purity.

In addition to this, another remarkable aspect of his writings was his deep involvement in social inequalities, hence he did not hesitate to harshly criticize the useless role played by the bourgeoisie for society.

His commitment to the problems of the country was also reflected in his writings emphasizing the problems that abounded in Spanish society. However, he not only criticized the bad, but also highlighted the virtues that the nation had, all with the intention of not feeling patriotic inferiority.

In his articles titled «Come backtomorrow» and «No one passes without talking to the doorman» speaks in a harsh and ironic way about the subject we talked about earlier about the bourgeoisie.

On the other hand, the article called «In this country» satires the bad habit that Spaniards have of dramatizing and recreating the problems they have and praising what good that the others are.

For its part, the article «A prisoner of death» criticizes society with an ironic face because on certain occasions it is capable of turning death and everything that surrounds you in a show.

But, by far, the most important articles by Mariano José de Larra, considered masterpieces, were those en titled «The Day of the Dead 1836» and "Christmas Eve 1836". In them, the bitterness and nihilism in which he felt submerged is reflected with abysmal sincerity. The anxiety caused by the obvious backwardness of Spanish society compared to the evolution of other countries, the continuous and unsolvable problems of politics and the difficulties he was going through in his personal life, plunged him into a depression of such a level that suicide was the only way out of this "agony".

Regarding thestyleof Mariano José de Larra, his rebelliousness and non-conformity is evident. The formula that characterized it is based on making a portrait of life in a confused and chaotic way.

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