Themes In The Tree Of Red Stars

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The Tree of Red Stars, by Tessa Bridal, presents many themes throughout the story. The story itself is of Magdalena Ortega Grey growing up in Uruguay as it is taken over by a military dictatorship. It chronicles not only her life, but the life of the poor, the social injustices of this time and the revolt against it. One of the themes contained in this novel is that of the activism of students. Students are the leaders of this revolt, they lead the Tupamaros. Students are displayed as the activists working for change. This can be compared to any college campus as university students are usually much more active politically than other groups of people in society.In Magdalena's Uruguay the students are no different. They voice their opposition to government policies and American interference by way of student strikes which "were a matter of almost monthly occurrence...writing slogans on city walls, marching by the hundreds, holding up traffic and defacing government property." (pg. 160) She describes the university buildings of Uruguay as "recipients of years of anger and frustration" with walls "covered in slogans; monuments defaced." (pg. 162) The students are thus shown to be very vigorous on the political front. The students are an intelligent, motivated group who feel they have the power to enact change and therefore form groups like the Tupamaros to band together and strive for change. By inviting a revolutionary like Che Guevara (pg. 101) to the university to speak they also evidence...

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