Opposing Perspectives on Mexican Culture Essay

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Opposing Perspectives on Mexican Culture Carlos Fuentes and Octavio Paz are two extremely influential writers in Latin American history. The authors wrote multiple books on similar topics that include Mexican culture and Mexican identity. Two of their most famous works include: The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz and The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World by Carlos Fuentes. Although these books were written forty-two years apart, they discuss these aspects of Mexican culture and Mexican identity. The Labyrinth of Solitude discusses how when Mexican people travel through a figurative labyrinth to find themselves, they discover that there is a feeling of solitude. This feeling is experienced throughout the journey and as well as at the end of it. The Buried Mirror: Reflections on Spain and the New World is a celebration about the issues of political and cultural identity that are reflected in Spanish, Latin American, and American culture. Fuentes uses mirrors to show how culture is reflected in society and identity. Even though these books talk about parallel topics, they perceive them in different ways. For example, Paz focuses on the more specific pachuco in North American society while Fuentes focuses on the entirety of the Hispanic U.S. In these novellas, I am going to focus on how Paz’s perspective as represented in this title and his representation of the pachuco and how it differs from Fuentes’ perspective as represented in his title and his representation of the Hispanic United States. I will be comparing their perspectives on how they view culture and its influence in society. To begin, let me define a few terms that are going to be referenced. First, I will be discussing the pachuco. Pachucos are Mexican youths that are located in Los Angeles. These youths form gangs and hang out in groups on the streets. They are easily

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