The Underdogs &The Alienist By: Blake Smedley
The Underdogs Author <ul><li>Mariano Azuela was a Mexican who </li></ul><ul><li>  was drafted into the Federale army, </li...
Underdog Characters <ul><li>The main character is Demetrio Macias. </li></ul><ul><li>He joins the rebel forces and  </li><...
Underdogs Themes <ul><li>Azuela spends a good amount of </li></ul><ul><li>  time talking about the landscape. </li></ul><u...
The Alienist Author <ul><li>Caleb Carr is a writer that was  </li></ul><ul><li>born in 1955. </li></ul><ul><li>He attended...
The Alienist Characters <ul><li>The book is set in New York during some of the harshest times due to the rapid rate of gro...
The Alienist Themes <ul><li>The book has a very large amount of history in it, and that was the aim of Carr since that is ...
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Alienist/Underdogs

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

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