Saturn

After finishing Part I of The People of Paper, I had come to the conclusion that Saturn was supposed to be a representation of God completely, nothing else. I had decided that Plascencia was using Saturn’s character to make a commentary on peoples’ relationships with the infinitely powerful Catholic God, overseer of the world and all of life on it. The people of the novel are warring with Saturn, seeing S as a threat, a tyrranous force destroying all of their lives, causing their turmoils and losses. Frederico de la Fe thinks that Saturn is the force that drove his wife Merced away, and he wants an army to fight S to finally be free of sadness and unrest. I still think that this is an absurd commentary on monotheistic religions and Plascencia’s cynical, sardonic mockery or doubt of the goodness of God people who subscribe to monotheistic religions believe in. I especially think this because of the way saints come to be in the novel. However, I no longer believe that this is Saturn’s only meaning in the novel, as I have discovered who Saturn actually is. I am now wondering how much of this book is based on the going-ons of Plascencia’s real life as he was writing the novel. Reading biographies, I’ve discovered that much of the novel is based on the authors life- places especially, and the nationalities of characters. I guess that what I am saying is that Saturn is Plascencia, and is doing in the novel what Plascencia the author is doing to the novel. Plascencia is creating the turmoil for the characters in the novel and they are fighting back against him. Characters in the novel even feel violated by Saturn’s telling/writing about the private lives, and I wonder if Plascencia has put a lot about a past relationship in the novel that he may think someone may not like to see he’s written about. Plascencia seems to be making an overall statement on an author’s relationship to a novel and its characters as a God, and he is therefore the God of the novel and can do whatever he wants to do, write whatever he feels like.