Of course, it’s good to see students try to engage in literary criticism but the initial attempts at providing readings of their own are very clumsy.
“The characters in the short story are very happy,” a student writes. “Their joy symbolizes the happiness that the people of Spain felt when dictator Francisco Franco died.”
Of course, the story was written decades before Franco died, but who cares about a small detail like that?
“The protagonist’s paralysis stands for the paralyzed state of the Spanish economy after the global economic crisis of 2008.”
Yes, a paralyzed boy in 1961 totally embodies the economy in 2008.