Carlos Fuentes World Literature Analysis - Essay

Carlos Fuentes World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Fuentes’s overriding literary concern is with establishing a viable Mexican identity, both as an autonomous entity and in relation to the outside world. Myth, legend, and history often intertwine in Fuentes’s work. Fuentes turns to Mexico’s past—the Aztec culture, the Christian faith imposed by the Spanish conquistadors, and the failed hopes of the Mexican Revolution—and uses it thematically and symbolically to comment on contemporary concerns and to project his own vision of Mexico’s future. In portraying Aztec civilization, Fuentes contrasts the superhuman Mexican gods with the classical deities, who do resemble mortals. The Mexican gods are “the other, a separate reality,” according to Fuentes. This separation...

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