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Luis Monroy February 8, 2008 HIST 4119 Dehumanization and the Mexican Revolution The Mexican Revolution is an incredibly interesting event to look at in that the opportunity is present for many different perspectives. The reason for this is that every Mexican from elites to the peasants were all directly affected in their daily lives by the revolution. A perspective of one such peasant, Demetrio Macias, is described in the Mariano Azuela novel The Underdogs. The novel takes place around the middle of the 1910’s which by all accounts was the bloodiest time during the Mexican Revolution. 1 The story describes how Macias is swept up into the revolution and the disastrous consequences that came with being involved with the revolution. By discussing the individual accounts of peasants that were fighting in the revolution, Azuela finds some clarity in a totally unclear situation. A complete lack of a sense of humanity is depicted within the male fighters of the book. This dehumanization had a profound effect on how the men viewed each other, but more importantly, shaped their views towards the women around them. Macias and his group of male fighters demonstrate the ludicrous situation that was taking place in Mexico. Through the writing style of the novel, the reader gains an understanding of how peasants were truly “swept up” into the revolution. Macias has a discussion with an official in the Mexican army and within five pages, he and his group of followers are involved in a serious gun battle with soldiers.
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