A Stereotypical Female in I'm Your Horse in the Night
Luisa Valenzuela's short story titled "I'm Your Horse in the Night" is a
thought provoking piece of literature. The story is written in such a way
that the reader must interpret what is meant by what is being said. Although
it is easy to go into depth when describing the elements of this piece, the
storyline is rather simple. The story contains an assortment of characters;
with those characters being Chiquita, Beto, Andres, and several policemen.
The time and location are unknown. The telephone tells us that the time
period is of somewhat modern times, and the Spanish ethnicity would most
likely relate to the setting being that of a Spanish colonization. The
narration of the story is first person persona told by Chiquita throughout.
Aside from the geographic location of the setting, it is the home of a woman
who lives on her own. She is in love with a man who she calls Beto. The
woman hasn't heard from Beto in months, but she practically fantasizes about
him every night. One morning she is awaken by a mysterious phone call. She
thought it was a man she calls Andres, but then the man hangs up and she is
left hearing that Beto is dead. Chiquita called the police. They showed up
only to harass her and tear apart her house, asking questions about Beto,
which Chiquita was unable to answer. The police conclude their search by
taking Chiquita to jail. She is left to ponder what is going on with Beto,
the man she loved. The short story summarized above illustrates the common
stereotypical theme of a female wanting to be loved by a man who in turn
only wants the woman for her sex.
The characters in this short story would have to be separated between major
and minor characters. Verisimilitude is evident upon Chiquita, making her a
round character, also known as a major character. The man in which Chiquita
calls Beto would also be considered a major character. Even though the man
is never actually present in the story physically, we hear about him
extensively through the thoughts and words of Chiquita. The minor character
roles would fall upon Andres, and the police officers. Andres might not even
qualify as being a valid character, considering that Chiquita was not even
sure whether it was him or not on the telephone that morning. The police men
are a somewhat important factor to this story, but they are not described as
round characters and therefore show no verisimilitude.
The title of the story, "I'm Your Horse in the Night," is relating to a
line on the record which Beto brought with him in Chiquita's dream. She
tells Beto that she will be his horse in the night, meaning that she will
always be there for him.
While reading this story, it helps to apply the elements of new criticism.
One opposition that was quite distinct, was the fact that Chiquita is in
love with this man who is never there for her. She...