The Betrayed was Capitu

"And Capitu? betrayed?”
03/10/2015 12h12 - Updated 3/10/2015 12h12
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As the first column text "You with Text", we will discuss one of the biggest questions of Brazilian literature: fidelity Capitu. Rarely is a Brazilian who has not heard a reference to the famous adulteress. The question came from one of the best-known works also known Machado de Assis, Dom Casmurro (1900), and long, the guilt of one of the main characters in the novel was sure. I remember an uncle who learned to draw pretty girls Capitii, and often a neighbor accused that young seductress passing on the street to give a Capitii on husband.

The book tells of suspicions that Bento had his wife, Capitu, who thought he had an affair with her best friend, Escobar. The story goes through childhood Bento, always protected by authoritarian mother, By his teens, when he fell in love with young Capitii, the girl with oblique and disguised gypsy eyes, Escobar and met at a seminar, to adulthood. The drama begins when Escobar dies and Bento repairs in Capitu mourning, what makes you suspect a possible relationship between the two. Bento torments the woman with her jealousy, even doubting the legitimacy of his son, eventually be extremely sure of infidelity of Capitu, even without getting a confession.

as told from the point of view of Bento, the book takes us to take her husband's side, You begin to remember the wife of adolescence in order to know if there already were signs of an adulterous. Even professionals who studied the work of Machado said Capitii been unfaithful, and for many decades, it was out of question. Bento, or dedicated husband, or faithful friend, We were deceived by the two people most trust, Christian boy who wanted nothing more than to please his mother, the girl he loved, the friend who loved.

Times have changed, other opinions emerged and both Capitii as Bento were seen from another angle. The jealousy of Bento began to seem too addicted, Capitu seemed a more competent and active housewife, their son's face no longer seemed so much more with Escobar, but, without showing any confession or busted these reinterpretations, doubt remained: And Capitu? betrayed?

The book does not care to make it clear, but let a few facts, the leading some to question the character of Bento: his mother had created surrounded privileges, always made the decisions for the child, She raised him to be a priest, He paid his college and gave direction to the time of his death. A spoiled kid, we recognize, who grew up with fear of antagonizing the mother, that he never needed to take control of their lives, By setting one mauricinho. Oftentimes, during her marriage, I felt again lost the reins, recognizing that "Capitu was more woman than he was a man", e, always overshadowed by the nearest female will, developed a strong affection for Escobar.

And what the hell does this have to do with Capitu? betrayed?

For real? All this leads me to believe that Bento was gay, and a weak personality. Imagine a boy who grew up surrounded by pampering, but voiceless, without the right to choose, having to deal with people far more headstrong he. It is not the first person you think dealing with his own homosexuality, even at a time when it was unpronounceable. And the unpronounceable came easy for someone who no longer spoke.

The attention that Escobar receives during the story is considerably larger than Capitii: "His name was Ezekiel Escobar de Sousa. He was a slender boy, clear eyes, some fugitives, as hands, like feet, like talking, I eat everything. Who was not used to him could happen to feel bad, not knowing where you caught. Not staring face, did not speak clear nor followed; hands did not shake other, nor let them push, because you fingers, It is thin and short, when we took care to have them among their, no longer had anything. I say the same of the feet, that as soon as there were here. The smile was instant, but would loose and wide. […] When he came into my intimacy often asked me explanations and fine reps, and had memory to save them all, to the words ".

Give such loving attention to fingers, the feet, to smile, every word spoken stored in memory, is no desire to sign or at least extreme affectivity, I do not know what is affectivity. If Bento was not a closet homosexual, I'm sure that had an explicit homosexual connection with friend, what, after death, It could not be more satisfied with conversations or, or with looks, or with touches or laughs. In Escobar's death, Bento could not relieve his desire to be close, and as it was unable to cope with their sexuality, turns his frustration in aggressiveness, like any good pampered boy. Capitu, which gave him the envy spirited attitude, It was his scapegoat, and how he could not himself betray her, same as in never consummated relationship with Escobar, felt-is brought.

Anyone who has been the victim of a jealous knows how this emotional state can leave an irrational person, how you can do it to justify their mistakes and insecurities upon another person, usually someone innocent. The mad jealousy, and Bento almost freak out, deaf to the protestations of the woman who had never been unfaithful, blind to the child who was sick with his mistreatment and died, and all because I could not accept what he felt for Escobar, I was not able to take own life, I could not admit that he was an adulterer, adulterer against his own nature, adulterer against their will, an adulterer in the closet, product of a time in which the oppression of a conservative society, often represented by the mother of Bento, even more mad jealousy.

"But Capitu? betrayed?”

In my contribution to this debate, I say no. I say that Bento was a homosexual who did not accept, who lost his only relief and unloaded his frustrations and weaknesses in women, the son and the dead friend that no longer satisfied, vilifying them for years to views from all over the country.
But that's my reading. What is your?


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