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    Alienist/Underdogs Alienist/Underdogs Presentation Transcript

    • The Underdogs &The Alienist By: Blake Smedley
    • The Underdogs Author
      • Mariano Azuela was a Mexican who
      • was drafted into the Federale army,
      • but he deserted it.
      • He was a medical student, and was a
      • medic when he served.
      • He is known best for his writings, like
      • The Underdogs, that is said to be the
      • best portrayal of the Mexican revolution.
      • He later was forced to immigrate to El Paso,
      • Texas, where he lived for several years before
      • going to areas near Mexico City.
    • Underdog Characters
      • The main character is Demetrio Macias.
      • He joins the rebel forces and
      • eventually becomes a general in
      • Pancho Villa’s Army.
      • He ultimately realizes he doesn’t
      • even know why he is fighting, and that
      • he just knows he has to keep fighting.
      • He cares more for tequila and the
      • company of women, as well as a good
      • fight more than anything else.
      • Once home to his wife after 2+ years of fighting he leaves her again to fight and he dies soon after.
    • Underdogs Themes
      • Azuela spends a good amount of
      • time talking about the landscape.
      • He talks of how beautiful it is, yet
      • at the same time, extremely
      • treacherous, and will easily kill you
      • if you don’t respect it.
      • This land is what Demetrio thought
      • he was originally fighting for, but he
      • later understands that a man with a gun
      • and bullets doesn’t care what side he is on, he just wants to fight.
      • The people of the towns follow the same progressive thoughts, and eventually do not care for the men on either side.
    • The Alienist Author
      • Caleb Carr is a writer that was
      • born in 1955.
      • He attended Kenyon College and
      • New York University.
      • He earned a B.A. in military and
      • diplomatic history.
      • He currently lives in upstate New
      • York on a farm estate called Misery
      • Mountain.
      • He lives in the town of Berlin New
      • York.
    • The Alienist Characters
      • The book is set in New York during some of the harshest times due to the rapid rate of growth which makes it a daily struggle to keep it under control.
      • Lazlo Kreizler is the alienist of
      • the story, or what we refer to
      • today as a psychiatrist.
      • He is assigned by police captain
      • and future president Roosevelt
      • to start his own team to operate
      • outside the police station to find
      • a serial killer.
      • A team of oddly assorted people
      • are assembled, and the whole story
      • is told in retrospect by a reporter named John Moore.
    • The Alienist Themes
      • The book has a very large amount of history in it, and that was the aim of Carr since that is his area of expertise.
      • The book was very well put together,
      • and kept the readers attention with
      • the plot, while teaching the reader
      • numerous things about the history
      • of New York.
      • Carr also did a fantastic job of
      • researching what psychology was
      • known at the time, so that Kreizler
      • wasn’t using methods outside his realm
      • to plot the thought of the criminal in
      • order to finally catch him.