11111111111111111 - The Underdogs Azuela wrote the novel...

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“The Underdogs” Azuela wrote the novel Los de abajo, (or The Underdogs) in 1915. Which was during his days in the Mexican Revolution . As we know after Madero's death, he joined the military forces of Julian Medina, a follower of Pancho Villa, where he served as a doctor. 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.( In class) 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. Through the writing style of the novel, the reader gains an understanding of how peasants were truly “swept up” into the revolution. The book tells us the story of peasant Demetrio Macías, who becomes the enemy of a local cacique (leader and important person) in his town, and so has to abandon his family when the government soldiers (Federales)come looking for him. He escapes to the mountains, and forms a group of rebels who support the Mexican Revolution. Some of them are prototypes of the sort of
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