Essay by funkefrankHigh School, 11th gradeA, May 2003

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"May God deny you peace, but grant you glory, gentlemen, to the bulls" (pg. 226). Throughout Mexican history, the Spanish have been shown to be preoccupied with death and the thrill of risking their own natural lives. "Olé!" shouted the crowd as the great bull veered passed the stumbling Matador. "Olé!" everyone shouted again as the massive bull was brought back. Historical and Narratological aspects of "Mexico" create a novel in which fictional characters portrayed by the two primary bullfighters epitomize the continuing cultural conflict between Spaniard and Indian.

From the brutality and brilliance of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to the modern-day Mexicans battling through dust and bloodshed; a nation is built upon the ashes of revolution. An American journalist on assignment in Mexico becomes intrigued by the brilliant and dramatic story of his Mexican ancestors.

Mexico's history embraces many building blocks towards its evolution into a magnificent civilization.

Some of which changed the way Mexico functioned forever. From the Mayan and Aztec battles to the Spanish insurrection, to the war with America; the history of Mexico is revealed.

The Altomec and Aztec people dominated central and southern Mexico from the 14th to the 16th century and are best known for having established an elaborate and wide-ranging empire destroyed by Spanish invaders led by Hernán Cortéz. The leader of the Aztecs during the Spanish conquest was the Great Montezuma II. Their name is derived from a mythical homeland to the north called Azatlán, but they also called themselves the Mexica. The Aztecs language belongs to the Nahuatlan branch of the Uto-Aztec family. Human and animal sacrifices were an integral part of Aztec religion. For warriors, the ultimate honor was to be slain in battle or to volunteer for sacrifice in a major ritual.