The Nine Guardians

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The Nine Guardians �Nine Guardians� takes places in the State of Chiapas, in Mexico, where from the remains of the Mexican revolution came the presidency of Lazaro Cardenas. His presidency takes places between 1934 and 1940, during the time this novel takes place. Cardenas expropriated foreign-held properties, distributed land to peasants, and instituted reforms to benefit indigenous people and Mexican workers. Cardenas found it unfair for the Indians to not be treated as equals, so he demanded rights for Indians. Land holdings were controlled by a ruling elite. The Indians were encouraged to rise against the landowners and demand their rights. They have the law on their side and they start to realize they don�t deserve to be …show more content…

The girl learns things from her Nana and learns to think differently about her parents. She witnesses an Indian killed because her father trusted him. It makes her sad and fearful of the power that her father possesses. She is seeing her parents differently. As a child, your parents are the world and they can do no harm. As a child, you think your parents are all-knowing. There comes a point where a child starts to grow up and sometimes perhaps their parents are not who the child thought they were. The girl begins to grow up a little and realizes she is now seeing her parents otherwise, almost with a new set of eyes. Her father is completely self-absorbed, except for the fact that he wants to save his land for his son�s inheritance. He thinks of himself as all mighty. He doesn�t think the Indians are worth schooling when the law demands it be done. Her father thinks the Indians could never learn Spanish and are not worth the pay of a master to educate them. Cesar has a sense of self-importance and cares only that his �commands have power and his scolding inspire fear.� He despises the government and believes Cardenas is inciting Indians against their masters and handing them over the rights that they can�t use and don�t deserve. �He (Cardenas) doesn�t know them; he�s never been near them and found out how they stink of filth and drink. He�s never done them a favour and

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