The Underdogs History 30<br />By Liliana Carrillo <br />
Summary<br />The novel by Mariana Azuela “The Underdogs” is based on the Mexican Revolution. The novel shows how the revolution impacted Mexico's people. The novel is based on Emilio Zapata who rose up to Madero demanding reform. The novel also focuses in the fact that in both sides, there was in the government and in the rebel ranks, there is so much treachery, betrayal, cynicism, assassination and lack of moral leadership that the movement can hardly do anything else but fail. When the poor will win they were still poor. The Mexican people joined the Revolution for many reasons, whether it was for revenge, or to live a better life or even to escape from the law. Azuela points out that there were many rebels that went to fight in the revolution, but had no idea what they were fighting for. He demonstrated how the women were left behind to take care of there families but later became subject of abuse. There was rape the burning of houses, women and children being tortured and massacre. In conclusion it is sad to know that not much as changed since the revolution occurred. Due to Mexico's corrupt government many people are getting killed and forced to leave to the United States to feel safe of all the massacres. <br />
Demetrio Mecias<br />Demetrio was an man fighting against Victoriano Huerta. He joins the revolution and gets a spot with Pancho Villa. Demetrio represents the Mexican peasants. Demetrio was in a drunken state when he was forced to join the revolution. He leaves his wife and children behind. He becomes a “leader” f men who have all been in one way or the other been victims of injustice. Demetrio is a strong warrior, marksman and is fearless in battle. These qualities made him popular and more and more men joined Demetrio. In the begging he fights to defend his country but towards the end of the novel he does not know why he is fighting. <br />
Women <br />Woman joined the Zapatistas because they felt there homes and families were being threaten. Houses were being burned, women were being raped, children and women were being murdered by soldiers. Women during the revolution were often just seen as the caregiver when their husbands went to war. Women were forced to feed the soldiers that would march into there homes. Many women were also paid to be prostitutes and many women also got taken advantage of and were raped. Many women became politically involved. <br />
Themes<br />Themes of the novel the Underdogs are<br /><ul><li>Landscapes: Trees, mountains and ravines are represented as being beautiful but a gruesome scene.