The Underdogs By Mariano Azuela

1302 WordsFeb 19, 20166 Pages
The classic Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings song “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” tells the sad, but familiar story of men growing up and leaving their families for reasons they do not fully comprehend. It is the women, however, in the novel The Underdogs, by Mariano Azuela, that understand this all too well. In The Underdogs, the author depicts Northern Mexican villages overrun by the Mexican Revolution sending impromptu soldiers to fight the war, leaving few citizens left behind with essentially nothing. Azuela paints a picture of the tremendous pressure put on the citizens of Northern Mexico during the Revolution and we see this through his descriptions of massive casualties and families feeling incredible pain due to the absence of their loved ones everyday. Azuela uses this wartime atmosphere to describe how important women in Mexico were at this time and their significance during the Mexican Revolution. Although degradation and manipulation of women are quite obvious themes throughout the story, we see that the women of Mexico played a major role in the Mexican Revolution, whether they fought in the battles themselves, or were just a fading memory in a soldier’s mind. To fully understand the significance of women and their treatment in this time, one must first understand the tension going on in the region. Pancho Villa, the leader of the Mexican revolutionist, proclaimed himself as the military governor of the state of Chihuahua, a state in
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