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The Underdogs

The first part of the beginning chapter of the novel opens on a hut wherein Demetrio, a noted bandit, lives with his wife and young son. Upon hearing hooves on the ground, Demetrio leaves to avoid...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 7:29 pm UTC

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This part of the story begins with the soldiers gathered together at a diner in the midst of the local town. To celebrate recent victories, the soldiers have champagne while they collectively brag...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2019 1:24 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

The chapter opens with a letter from Luis Cervantes to Venancio. Cervantes has escaped north to El Paso, Texas. He expresses regret but not surprise upon hearing the news that Pancracio and...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 2:21 am UTC

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The Underdogs

The claim of being most loyal to the revolution in The Underdogs by Mariano Azuelo may be said to be divided between Demetrio and General Navera. Demetrio has a peasant's passion for the...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 2:03 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Mariano Azuela's novel Los de Abajo, or The Underdogs reads, almost in its entirety, as an essay on futility in a variety of ways. Let's start with Demetrio's entry in the Revolution. Rather than...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 9:05 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

The motivations of the characters in The Underdogs reflect the diversity of purposes behind those who took part in the Mexican Revolution. The novel was written while the revolution was still in...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020 9:06 am UTC

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When Demetrio arrives with his one hundred men in Fresnillo, he meets General Panfilo Natera, who is about to attack the town of Zacatecas. Natera greets him enthusiastically, and Cervantes brags,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 9:37 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Cervantes, who "had been hiding among a heap of ruins", ventures out as the gunfire slowly diminishes. He had found himself in the midst of a fierce battle, and, having fallen from his...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 1:31 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

When the band had almost reached Cuquio, Anastasio Montanez rides up to Demetrio and jokingly tells him about what had happened to a poor old man who had complained about the corn they had taken...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2009 1:22 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

Cervantes awakens late in the afternoon, surprised to find himself lying on the hard ground in the garden. His lips are swollen, and there is blood on his hands and shirt. At once, he remembers...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 3:01 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

Quail begins this chapter explaining to the others that Demetrio had sent them with Luis to go back and get Camilla from her camp. The men joke of how Luis tricked Camilla into going away with...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 12:17 am UTC

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The Underdogs

The workman joined Demetrio's men as they made their way to the alley and then to the back of the church. The men scaled the rear wall of the chapel and halted. On Demetrio's command twenty bombs...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 12:56 am UTC

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The Underdogs

The rebels' spirits are lifted with news that General Pancho Villa is coming. Villa's reputation is legendary; he has been called the "Mexican Napoleon" and the "Aztec Eagle, who...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 10:13 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Demetrio is devastated over the death of Camilla. As the band journeys to Aguascalientes, he hums a melancholy song over and over in a sad, low voice. The heartless Guero tells Demetrio that when...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 1:49 am UTC

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Demetrio has just recently been shot, and the men find that both Serapio and Antonio have gone missing. The soldiers had retreated, and Demetrio begins searching for the horses that the soldiers...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 6:39 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Although the rebel attack on Zacatecas is unsuccessful, the fighters come back "as happily as when they had marched away a few days before, pillaging every hamlet along the road, every ranch,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 9:56 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Demetrio and Camila made their way to a meadow where two men were camping. One man sat smoking while the other man identified as Pifanio shelled corn. Pifanio turned out to be working for the...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 3:09 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Demetrio and his troops spend time in Zacatecas and Aguascalientes, and find both country towns deserted. The men are bored, and amuse themselves by drinking and conducting cockfights. Demetrio's...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 3:15 am UTC

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Demetrio has just left his house and has witnessed the soldiers burning it down. He is climbing down the mountain into a ravine, taking the trails that he knows the soldiers can't make or don't...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 6:06 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Camilla follows Luis around full of admiration. She has taken to him since he arrived, and he does not want her as she obviously wants him. She tells him that she'd like to tell him something and...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 11:53 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Demetrio relates that he was born in Limon, "right in the heart of the Juchipila canyon". He had a family, a house, and a patch of land. Everything was going fine until one day, when he...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 5:31 am UTC

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War Paint is helping the men pillage through the homes and belongings of the rich. Demetrio slept as they rummaged. Luis saw a box that was missed by the others and found two diamonds inside. He...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 2:46 am UTC

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Cervantes arrives at the banquet with a beautiful girl, "barely fourteen", whom he introduces as his future wife. She is seated between Cervantes and Guero, and the alcohol flows freely....

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 2:48 pm UTC

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Demetrio and a bunch of his old comrades were getting drunk together. Their spirits were such that they were laughing at how Pancracio even shot a civilian, leaving him in the street, because he...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 12:27 am UTC

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The troops are retreating from a "futile maneuver", a pointless confrontation against " a handful of routed Federals...a poor devil of a priest and a hundred misguided...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 3:15 pm UTC

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Demetrio and his men elbow their way onto a train. The train is packed, but they rudely find seats. Some of their women even occupy "two or three seats with baggage, dogs, cats, and...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 5:51 am UTC

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Demetrio returns home after an absence of two years, and his wife, "mad with joy" rushes to meet him, holding a young child by the hand. She is ecstatic to have her husband back, but...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 2:55 pm UTC

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They began their progress again at midnight to take the soldiers by surprise before light. Making their way into town, they knock on the door of a hut. A man came out and answered some questions...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 12:31 am UTC

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Demetrio and his men find a large home that had also belonged to the cacique of Moyahua. They choose to stay there. It had been deserted and showed signs of struggle from those who left. Luis...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 12:10 am UTC

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Early the next morning Demetrio's group left for Tepatitlan. They were to head to Cuquio from there, and then they would head to the sierra. "They thought of the mountains as of a most...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 3:18 am UTC

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The rebel band wanders through the country in a "march of a blind man without his guide". They approach the town of Juchipila, and Valderrama counts the crosses along the side of the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 3:38 am UTC

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At the place where two years earlier they had won their first victory, Demetrio's troops "step along the steep crags, buoyed up by the happiness of the morning". It does not matter...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 3:08 pm UTC

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Demetrio wakes up as Camilla brings some goat's milk for him. She was the young girl who helped him when he first arrived. Her voice is melodious to him and he tells her how lovely she is. He...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 9:22 am UTC

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Two neighbor women, Pachita and Fortunata, enter the hut where Demetrio lies wounded and Remigia works, pounding corn for tortillas. Their primary reason for coming is to gossip, and they talk...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 4:13 am UTC

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Anastasio sits down next to Luis and begins explaining his life before the revolution. As he talks, Manteca has just won a hand of cards against Pancracio. Manteca pulls out a 20 cent silver coin...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 12:01 pm UTC

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Demetrio and his men are impressed with Luis and his ideas with reclaiming what is rightfully theirs. A couple men decide to take their women with them when they leave, and Demetrio plans on...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 10:29 pm UTC

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Camilla doesn't show up to the dance. All are drinking and enjoying themselves, yet Demetrio misses Camilla. She claimed she was sick with a headache so she wouldn't have to go. The men leave...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 11:11 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

Demetrio Macias dies at the end of the story. After the federal soldiers that he lets go come back and raid his lands, Macias decides to fight for the outlaws. He leaves home and stays away for two...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 1:19 am UTC

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The Underdogs

The men awaken from their slumber and large meal from the night before. It is not yet sunrise, so it is dark, but the men are ready (with faces painted black) and waiting for the soldiers to come...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 6:22 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Luis Cervantes laid down to sleep while in captivity of Demetrio and his men. Although completely exhausted, he couldn't sleep. His mind raced with how he'd come this far in the battle. The...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 7:56 am UTC

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Luis searches for some alcohol, rags and boiled water for his injuries. Camilla offered her kindness and questioned him on how he learned to heal. She babbles on as Luis becomes lost in his own...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 11:34 am UTC

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The prisoners are brought before Demetrio. He accuses them of being deserters, which they at first deny. One of the soldiers suggests that they are Carranzistas, to which they reply scornfully...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 2:34 am UTC

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The Underdogs

The function of the letter from Luis Cervantes to Venancio in Part 3, Chapter 1, of The Underdogs serves the function of pointing out the alternatives to fighting and the futility of unreasoned...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2010 2:00 am UTC

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Demetrio and his men are making their way across the sierra. They are looking forward to meeting up with and defeating Monico. Demetrio is at the head of the riders, wearing his best clothing....

Latest answer posted January 10, 2009 12:23 pm UTC

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Demetrio and his troops enter Juchipila as the church bells ring, "loud and joyfully". They are reminded of the old days when the revolution was just beginning, and the bells in the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2009 3:52 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Cordoniz and Montanez are awakened by the sound of a gunshot. They leave their hut to investigate, and hear the sounds of women crying in fright and men, awakened from their slumber as well,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 6:11 am UTC

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The Underdogs

Anastasio asks the chief to let Luis tend to his wound. Venancio isn't thrilled with this suggestion since he is "the doctor" but eventually steps back and allows it. The men watch as...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2009 11:44 am UTC

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The Underdogs

The play Los de Abajo or The Underdogs uses direct and indirect characterization to illustrate the typical male roles of Mejicanos, that is, the Mexican natives, during the revolution UNDER THE...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2013 10:38 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

Set in Zacatecas, a small village in northern Mexico, Azeula's novel begins with the introduction of the character Demetrio Marcias. Marcias is a simple man who is ignorant of the impending...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2008 11:09 pm UTC

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The Underdogs

In tracing the course of the revolution from the perspective of those at the lower end of the social hierarchy, Mariano Azuela emphasizes the difficulty of achieving basic human and civil rights....

Latest answer posted July 23, 2020 8:13 pm UTC

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