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 . Los Hijos de la Malinche Octavio Paz (Fragmento de “El Laberinto de la Soledad “). 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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Es la imagen de la fecundidad, pero asimismo de la muerte.

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Quetzalcoatl, the self-sacrificing god, and Huitzilopochtli, the young warrior god. The situation that prevailed during the colonial period would thus be the source of our closed, unstable attitude. This passivity, open to the outside world, causes her to lose her identity: Actually there are no causes and effects, merely a complex of interpenetrating reactions and tendencies. The Mexican, like all men, converts these circumstances into plastic material. She attracts and repels like men of an alien race or nationality.

The word and its derivatives are used in most of America and parts of Spain in association with drinks, alcoholic or otherwise. The Mexican does not want to be either an Indian or a Spaniard. The forbidden words boil up in us, just as our emotions boil up. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He is a dim figure at best.


Unpredictability adds another element to the character of the macho. En pa grito condenamos nuestro origen y renegamos de nuestro hibridismo. No quiere decir nada.

Mass production is characterized by the fabricating of separate units which are then put together in special workshops. Or we exchange them with our allies or enemies for other objects. Our shout strips us naked and discloses the wound that we alternately flaunt and conceal, but it does not show us the causes of this separation from, and negation of, the Mother, not even when we recognize that such a rupture has occurred. The Catholic Virgin is also the Mother. In sum, as a vivid awareness of solitude, both historical and personal.

The class is stronger than the individual and his personality dissolves in the generic. He is the Stranger. And as a small boy will not forgive his mother if she abandons him to search for his father, the Mexican people have not forgiven La Malinche for her betrayal.

Our suspicions keep us at a distance. It is noteworthy that our images of the working class are not colored with similar feelings, even though the worker also lives apart from the center of society, physically as well as otherwise, in districts and special communities.

She loses her name; she is no one; she disappears into nothingness; she is Nothingness. Women also repeat them, sometimes to demonstrate their freedom of spirit, sometimes to prove the truth of their feelings. His jokes are huge and individual, and they always end in absurdity. The macho is the gran chingon.


He is a humorist. The European considers Mexico to be a country on the margin of universal history, and everything that is distant from the center of his society strikes him as strange and impenetrable.

The Mexican condemns all his traditions at once, the whole set of gestures, attitudes and tendencies in which it is now difficult to distinguish the Spanish from the Indian.

Palabras que no hjios nada y dicen todo.


Guadalupe is pure receptivity, and the benefits she bestows are of the same order: El terror se generaliza: And in its own way, it is just: They are poetry within the reach of everyone. One nalinche sums up the aggressiveness, insensitivity, invulnerability and other attributes of the macho: They are unequivocal and transparent, mere prolongations of our hands, with only as much life as our will lends them.

She embodies the open, the chingado, to lla closed, stoic, impassive Indians. Mejor dicho, es el Enigma.

Not a Mother of flesh and blood but a mythical figure. We must confront them ourselves. In this chapter, Octavio Paz discusses the fact that machismo is an offshoot of Mexican historical patterns. All their relationships are poisoned by fear and suspicion: A psychologist would say that resentment is the basis of his character.