A Reflection Of The Mexican Revolution

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A Reflection of the Mexican Revolution “’I love the revolution like a volcano in eruption; I love the volcano because it’s a volcano; the revolution because it’s the revolution!’” cries a revolutionary soldier in Azuela’s The Underdogs (159). The Mexican Revolution of 1910 was aimed to overthrow the dictatorship of the Mexican government, which was in constant turmoil as presidents were constantly toppled from power. Porfirio Diaz, the president at the time the uprising began, was removed from power when revolutionary generals, Emiliano Zapata and Francisco “Pancho” Villa, answered Francisco Madero’s call for rebellion. After Madero took power, he was defeated by Victoriano Huerta. Venustiano Carranza seized power from Huerta, and Alvaro Obregon gained control after Carranza was deposed. The revolution lasted a decade and ended with the new Mexican Constitution of 1917. These events are told in The Underdogs, by Mariano Azuela, in which a native Indian, Demetrio Macias, is forced to side with and aid the rebels when his home is destroyed and his loved ones are put in danger. Throughout the battles, Macias becomes hardened by war, which eventually leads him into Villa’s army as a general. Yet, his original gang of rebels and newly recruited men begin to lose battle after battle. The soldiers go to war and some do not come back. Written from the revolutionaries’ point of view, The Underdogs, by Marino Azuela, is a historically accurate novel that argues that the ideals of

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