Paz's Writings Analytical Essay by numero uno

Paz's Writings
An examination of Octavio Paz's writings and how they impacted on Mexican nationalist pride.
# 7978 | 1,505 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 05, 2003 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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One of the major foci of Octavio Paz's writings is the nature of being a Mexican or a mestizo. This paper shows how he attempts to persuade other Mexicans through his writings to be proud rather than ashamed of their 'in-betweeness'. The paper explains the writing form of Magical Realism and shows how it has been championed by a number of Latin American writers as a way to express political views. Paz uses highly symbolic and inventive language to make people look at the world in novel ways. Because he approaches the problem of Mexican identity through the use of magical realism, his writing is less threatening to many who are trying to negotiate their own sense of self.

From the Paper:

"Octavio Paz is one of the writers and thinkers most responsible for helping Mexicans come to an understanding of their own place in the world, and the relationship between "Mexicanness" and mestizo-ness. Through his writings he has helped both Mexicans and everyone else come to understand that the mixed heritage of the people of Mexico is not something that should be attempted to be overcome but is rather something that should be celebrated."

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