Octavio Paz, who searches for the identity of the Mexican people in his study entitled El . In section IV, “Los Hijos de la Malinche,” Paz explains how the word . In this chapter, Octavio Paz discusses the fact that machismo is an offshoot of Mexican historical patterns. He relates . The symbol of this violation is doña Malinche, the mistress of Cortés. When we shout “¡Viva México, hijos de la chingada!. all Mexicans as hijos de puta (sons of raped women) or los Pachuco s and Key words: Identity, Mexico, Pachuco s, La Malinche, Octavio Paz, Gloria Anzaldúa.

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Only when they are alone, during the great moments of life, do they dare to show themselves as they really are.

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In Malince and Argentina a petard se chinga when it fails to explode, and businesses that fail, fiestas that are rained out, actions that are not completed, also se chingan.

They constitute a sacred language like those of children, poetry and sects. We, however, struggle with imaginary entities, with vestiges of the past or self-engendered phantasms. He is a dim figure at best. What we find is the dichotomy between the closed and the open.

Unpredictability adds another element to the character of the macho.

The complexity of contemporary society and the specialization required by its work extend the abstract condition of the worker to other social groups. On the contrary, it binds him to them. Vale la pena detenerse en e1 significado de esta voz.

The humor of the octavi is an act of revenge. Society would progress with great efficiency but without aim, and the repetition of the same gesture, a distinction of the machine, would bring about an unknown form of immobility, that of a mechanism advancing from nowhere toward nowhere.

But he is also the lord of the lightning bolt and the whip; he is the tyrant, the ogre who devours life. Laa is no secret to anyone that Mexican Catholicism is centered about the cult of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The Mexican does not want to be either an Indian or a Spaniard. To know it, to use it, to throw it in the air like a toy or to make it quiver like a sharp weapon, is a way of affirming that we are Mexican.


Nor does he want to be descended from them. Oftavio verbo chingar indica el triunfo de lo cerrado, del macho, del fuerte sobre lo abierto. In both situations the individual and the group struggle simultaneously and contradictorily to hide and to reveal themselves. The machines he operates are not his and neither are the things he produces.


We must confront them ourselves. This explains the success of the contemptuous adjective malinchista recently put into circulation by the newspapers to denounce all those who have been corrupted by foreign influences.

Se vuelve hijo de la Nada. All men odtavio born disinherited and their true condition is orphanhood, but this is particularly true among the Indians and the poor in Mexico. In sum, as a vivid awareness of solitude, both historical and personal. Cuando algo se rompe; decimos: Or with the image of that howl that ends all our songs and possesses the same ambiguous resonance: Lawrence, one of the profoundest and most violent critics of the modem world, repeatedly describes the virtues that would transform the fragmentary man of our time into a true man with a total vision of the world.

Our courtesy may be attractive but our reserve is chilling, and the stranger is always disconcerted by the unforeseen violence that lacerates us, malnche the solemn or convulsive splendor of our fiestas, by our cult of death.

The word is pax sign and seal. The verb chingar signifies the triumph of the closed, the male, the powerful, over the open. If it is not possible to identify our character with that of submerged groups, it is also impossible to deny a close relationship.

He is not the founder of a people; he is not a patriarch who exercises patria potestas; he is not a king or a judge or the chieftain of a clan. The pleasure that many Spaniards, including some of their greatest poets, derive from allusions to body wastes, and from mixing excrement with sacred matters, is reminiscent of children playing with mud. Nor does he want to be descended from them. If we do not mass produce products, we vie with one another in the difficult, exquisite and useless art of dressing fleas.


Nosotros, en cambio, luchamos con entidades imaginarias, vestigios del pasado o fantasmas engendrados por nosotros mismos.

The relationship between them is violent, and it is determined by the cynical power of the first and the impotence of the second. It is impossible not to notice the resemblance between malinhce figure of the macho and that of the Spanish conquistador. Woman is a living symbol of the strangeness of the universe and its radical heterogeneity.

El laberinto de la soledad is a book-length essay by Octavio Pazfirst published in It would be a resurrection. Porque todo lo que es el mexicano actual, como se ha visto, puede reducirse a esto: But the separation still hurts. A pesar de su desnudez —redonda, plena—en las formas de la mzlinche siempre hay algo que desvelar: If we take into account all of its various meanings, the word defines a great part of our life and qualifies our relationships with our friends and compatriots.

En realidad, no hay causas y efectos, sino un complejo de reacciones y tendencias que se penetran mutuamente.

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En ese grito condenamos nuestro origen y renegamos de nuestro hibridismo. He is a laborer, which is an abstract noun designating a mere function rather malinchs a specific job. Lo que no quiere decir que el mexicano sea incapaz de convertirse en lo que se llama un buen obrero. It is force without the discipline of any notion of order: He is a humorist.

The word also has another, more restricted meaning. But in this plurality of meanings the ultimate meaning always contains the idea of aggression, whether it is the simple act of molesting, pricking or censuring, or the violent act of wounding or killing. As such, does she bide life within herself, or death?

Each country has its own.

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