Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spanish: Callejon del beso

Hello everyone, Becky here!

I have pasted below an activity about the Callejon del beso in Guanajuato, Mexico.

Enjoy!


La leyenda del \"Callejón del beso\"

Guanajuato (Notimex).- La ciudad de Guanajuato es considerada como uno de los lugares más románticos de México, por sus estrechas y empinadas callejuelas, sus numerosas iglesias y viejas casonas multicolores, y por sus historias de amor, la mayoría de ellas relacionadas con el afamado \"Callejón del Beso\".
Todo el que llega a Guanajuato, sobre todo si es en pareja, pregunta por este sitio tan singular, donde se han acuñado diversas leyendas, como la que habla del amor de Doña Carmen y Don Carlos, una de las más sorprendentes por su valor trágico y romántico.
Según la leyenda del “Callejón del beso”, Carmen era hija única de un padre violento que la tenía casi aislada de la sociedad, a fin de evitar que le llegara el amor.
No obstante, en algunas \"escapadas\", Carmen se enamoró de Carlos, un humilde minero, con el que se veía en un templo cercano a su hogar.
Al ser descubierta tuvo que soportar el encierro al que la sometió su padre, bajo la amenaza de enviarla a un convento y casarla en España con un viejo y rico noble, con el que, además, acrecentaría el padre su hacienda.
En aquella época, todas las doncellas tenían a su dama de compañía, así que la bella mujer entregó una carta a Carlos en la que le revela el trágico suceso. Así aprendió que una ventana de la casa de Carmen daba hacia un angosto callejón, tan estrecho, que era posible, asomado (stick out) a la ventana, tocar con la mano la pared de enfrente. Si lograba entrar a la casa frontera podría hablar con su amada, y entre los dos, encontrar una solución a su problema. Preguntó quién era el dueño de aquella casa y la adquirió a \"precio de oro\". Así, los enamorados tuvieron largas noches para consumar su amor hasta que un día el padre escuchó los murmullos y entró a la habitación de Carmen y encontró a la pareja reunida. Enfurecido y en gran acto de violencia, clavó una daga en el pecho de su hija. Ante la tragedia, Carlos enmudeció de espanto y dejó en sus manos, tersas y sin vida, un tierno beso.
El joven no pudo soportar vivir sin el amor de Carmen y desesperado se suicidó.
La leyenda se corona con una advertencia: La pareja que visite este sitio y se dé un beso en el tercer escalón de este afluente angosto (narrow) logrará su felicidad durante siete años, sin embargo, quien no lo haga y pise el lugar, tendrá siete años de mala suerte.
Preguntas de comprensión:
1. ¿Cuáles son 3 razones que Guanajuato es considerada un lugar romántico, según el artículo?
2. ¿Quiénes son los personajes principales de la leyenda del “Callejón del beso”?
3. ¿Cómo es el padre de Carmen?
4. ¿Cómo es Carlos?
5. ¿Cuáles son los planes del padre para Carmen? ¿Por qué?
6. ¿Cómo aprende Carlos sobre el lugar de encuentro?
7. ¿Qué hace el padre de Carmen cuando la encuentra con Carlos?
8. ¿Qué hace Carlos al final de la leyenda?
9. Hoy en día, cuando una pareja visita el “Callejón del beso”, ¿cuál es la advertencia de la leyenda?
10. ¿Cómo es el “Callejón del beso”? Si fueras al “callejón del beso”, besarías a tu novio/a? ¿Por qué sí o no?

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