The book Pedro Paramo, by Juan Rulfo is captivating and intriguing. The story starts with Juan traveling to Comala in search for his father, as it’s his dying mothers wish. At first I was a little confused because everything seemed to be a mystery and I did not understand what Comala was all about. I kept questioning myself as the story continued, yet I was beginning to slowly put the puzzle pieces of the city together, as it was the story of Pedro Paramo, along with some others.
In the very beginning Pedro’s mother says something very significant to Juan, she says, “Don’t ask him for anything. Just what’s ours (3).” She says this to Juan right before his journey to Comala to meet his father. After I finished the book, I finally understood what that line meant. Juan is Pedro's only legitimate son and Comala tells the story of Pedro Paramo along with Juan’s new one. To understand those stories, we have to first understand Comala.
Comala is a town in Mexico filled with wandering spirits, and there it grasps together tales of passion, loss, and revenge. The village of Comala is populated by the wandering souls of former people, individuals who are not pure enough to enter heaven. Like the character Juan, who travels to Comala and suddenly finds himself confused, I too was not sure about what I read, or understand. I didn’t really know what to think about the events that happened in Comala.
Throughout the story, Juan comes across encounters with the lost souls of Comala and hears voices and eventually comes to suspect that he is also dead. Furthermore, Juan himself along with, Pedro Páramo, and Susana San Juan are all haunted by ghosts; in turn, they become ghosts who haunt the realities of others. For me, this signifies the fact that although someone may not be there physically, their spirit never dies. Everything they lived for and founded will never die. Spirits are our part of our past and future, and this book gives that life-long lesson.