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I can’t say I learned that much from Mariano Azuela’s The Underdogs in terms of the big picture of revolution in Central and South America, but I did however catch an insight into what it must have been like fighting in the Mexican Revolution and in other revolutions of the day. From the textbook I got a good understanding of the peoples die- hard will towards achieving their goals, but The Underdogs drives the emotions behind all the turmoil. The famous quote on page vii stayed with me throughout the remainder of the text: “Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees.” While this quote has been referenced many times in popular media, it is ultimately the motif of this book: “… We’ll shoot until there’s not a live man left. If there’s a lot of ‘em, we can give ‘em a good scare, anyhow.” It is this brave gaucho behavior towards the Federals that I find so fascinating. To think that they believe in the Revolution that they are willing to die so long as they are making a difference in their eyes. While fighting to the death just to take
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Unformatted text preview: a few more lives may seem very foreign now, it tells us how bad things were and peoples resolve to endure more hardships for the possibility of change. Around the end of the novel Demitrio is acquainted with his wife briefly before he goes off yet again. It is fairly obvious to both of them, but Demetrio does not respond to his wifes inquiry: “Why do you keep fighting, Demetrio?” His response brought a frown to his face as he avoided the question. The final ambush on page 160-161 is indicative of the general motif of desire for the revolution: “The enemy scatter in all directions, pursuing the few fugitives hiding in the brush. DEmetrio aims; he does not waste a single shot” (160). Even facing imminent death these people kept fighting. While Demetrio is of course an exaggeration of the average revolutionary, he is indicative of the overall mindset of the “Underdogs” in Mexico....
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