Latin American Stories Essay

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Elizabeth Ruales Due: 10/16/14MLG 312 Written AssignmentFrom the Merriam Dictionary, the definition of discrimination is the practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people different from other people or group of people. People were treated unfairly in their lands and they were being taken over by European settlers that forced these people to practice what they knew from their land. The three readings that support my argument is "El Matadero" (Slaughter House), "El Facundo", and "Where and How the devil lost his poncho" and "Aleph."El Matadero" takes place in Argentina at the time there was battles in the political system and a horrible dictator in charge. At the time some intellectual writers from Argentina said that it was because of the Barbarians that the county was in terrible shapes, and that it was because of them that they had Rosas, the dictator in charge of the power. At the time Argentina was divided into Federalists and Unitarists. Federalists are seen as being the barbarians because of their savage ways and grotesque manners. This is why they are depicted in "El Matadero" as the butchers, and their leader "matasiete". Every group, as we have seen throughout history, has a leader, in the case of Federalists this was Rosas. As an example of the brutality of these people, in the reading we find the part of the beheaded child, and how that incident did not mean anything to the people present: "Suddenly the knot broke loose from the steer's horns and slashed across the air with a sharp hum. In its wake there came instantly rolling down from the stockade the head of a child, cut clean from the trunk as if by an ax. The trunk remained immobile, perched in the fork of a pole, long streams of blood spurting from every artery." As oppose to the Unitarians, in this case the white people; intellectual, educated part of the country. There is discrimination seen in the text because, There is discrimination present in this text especially towards African Americans, which are called "negros" countless amount of times throughout the story. By using the terms "mulattos" and "negros" instead of classifying them under one group, it is apparent there is a distinction between the two groups which happens to be their skin color. One example of discrimination is clear through a quote from a butcher stating, "Hey there black witch, get out of there before I cut you". This is a very prejudice and inappropriate way of addressing someone. This shows the lack of respect this person has towards this Native American woman.In the short story "Facundo," the author's description of Facundo is almost an exact when compared to how it is defined. Facundo was expressed to be ruthless. He described as "evil and blood thirsty". He was compared to the tiger in the Travesia which is an animal that does not have an education and lacks self-control. He did not make it far in the army and was described as "impatient for promotion because of his impulsive behavior,...

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