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The underdogs

  1. 1. THE UNDERDOGS with Related Text (Mariano Azuela)<br />By: Maria Moreno <br />History 30<br />Professor Arguello <br />
  2. 2. Introduction to the book…<br />Mariano Azuelo’s The Underdogs was originally published in 1915. It appeared between October and December in an El Paso newspaper. <br />By 1952, the novel was recognized worldwide as the classic story of the Mexican Revolution. <br />The first part of the novel corresponds to the second phase of the revolution.<br />
  3. 3. Important Character<br />Demetrio Marcia'sDemetrio embodies the spirit, courage, and charisma of the revolutionaries' fight against the Mexican government. <br />He is illiterate, a peasant, and an American Indian. <br />He loves his home in Limon, his wife, and his son.<br /> The trajectory of his character in the novel moves from honorable leader to a challenged and limited general, to a completely disillusioned post-revolutionary figure. <br />He represents the scope of the Mexican Revolution from promise and perspective.<br />
  4. 4. Mexico <br />The Underdogs is set in the countryside and mountains, small villages, and cities of Mexico from 1910-1915.<br />The revolutionaries and Federales are woven together in the fabric of Mexico’s fight for its identity in the early twentieth century. <br />Azuela shows the crisis of ideology as the two opposing forces impose their wills across the country.<br />When the novel begins, the reader immediately falls into the sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, and smells of a small village in Mexico.<br />Demetrio’s home of Limon is filled with the sound of dogs barking, Federals and horses.<br />
  5. 5. Important Theme<br />The Underdogs illustrates Mexico's vast natural landscape. <br />The mountains, ravines, and trees are presented with grand beauty and also a haunting sense of foreboding. <br />When Demetrio climbs the craggy mountains and steep ravines, the reader senses his great effort; every step requires tremendous effort.<br /> The landscape is stark and dry; there is no sense of growth or life. <br />When the Federales are charging up the mountain, they fall into crevices like “stones” into the water.<br />
  6. 6. About the Author<br />Mariano Azuela was born in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico in 1873.<br />His family were grocers and Azuela spent his youth on a small farm owned by his father.<br />At fourteen, he enrolled in a Catholic seminary. He went to Guadalajara to study medicine and returned to Lagos in 1909 to start his practice. <br />In 1896, he published stories in a weekly newspaper in Mexico City. <br />He published his first novel, Andres Perez, in 1911.<br />

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