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Pedro Paramo Lesson Plan

Introduction to Pedro Paramo

Published in 1955, Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Paramo is regarded as a classic in Latin American literature.

The central premise of Pedro Páramo is of a young man who returns to the hometown of his recently deceased mother to find his father, Pedro Páramo. Instead of finding the lively town of his mother's memories, the narrator encounters a literal ghost town. What follows is a disjointed narrative in which multiple perspectives and narrators are used to tell a story about the death of the town and its residents as a result of the actions of Pedro Páramo.

The novel, written when Rulfo was thirty-eight, was significantly influenced by Rulfo's experiences growing up in Mexico during the first...

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