The Mexican Revolution as seen through the novelistic works of Marti´n Luis Guzma´n

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Kathryn S. Ritchie (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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José Almeida

Abstract: The Mexican Revolution, which disrupted the lives of our neighbors from 1910 to 1920 and continues to bring changes to today's Mexico, has entered literature through the work of many writers. Each author, having his own perspective on this turning point in his nation's history, has portrayed the Revolution differently. Mariano Azuela, who served as a doctor on the battlefields, saw the Revolution as a great upheaval of the masses, who had to revolt even though they could not clearly state their goals. Nellie Campobello was a child during these years, and her novels reflect the perspective of one to whom the bloodshed and death of the Revolution were ordinary occurences. Gregorio López y Fuentes fought the United States troops at Veracruz and then participated in battles in the provinces; he saw the Revolution through the eyes of the peasants and soldiers who died in it. And Martín Luis Guzmán, an observer in the circle of leaders of the Revolution, saw the upheaval as the manipulation of power by various caudillos, some idealistic and some opportunistic. The masses are not important in his view of the Revolution, nor did upheaval ever become the norm for him.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 1968

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