Latin American Authors ' Influence On Mexican Culture

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“Las mujeres son seres inferiores porque, al entregarse, se abren. Su inferioridad es constitucional y radica en su sexo, en su "rajada", herida que jamás cicatriza.” (p. 58-59) This mimicry allows Paz to share an observation on Mexican culture, without commiting to the viewpoint himself. He also occasionaly resorts to an open scathing critique. He uses this most notably when talking about the phenomenon of machismo, who’s views he reproduces above, saying that the macho “Es el poder, aislado en su misma potencia, sin relación ni compromiso con el mundo exterior” and “no pertenece a nuestro mundo; no es de nuestra ciudad; no vive en nuestro barrio”, a much less subtle critique here. Narrating the existing state of the nation is partly facilitated by the genre in which he write; Paz uses the form of the literary essay to present his critique, this establishes the non-fictional nature of the content. Latin American authors have had to create their own genres and forms, because many found that the existing forms were unable to capture the essence that they wished to portray, take for example the testimonio form used by Elena Poniatowska in La noche de Tlatelolco. Although it is exactly the literary genre that Paz employs that proves problematic. It is a paradox that El laberinto de la soledad can be seen as “a paradigm of how a critical and subversive text becomes institutionalized.” (Paz, 2008:12), that which was once scandalized becomes clichéd. Therefore Paz’s text becomes,
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