The novel The President, by Miguel Angel Asturias is a
fictional story that depicts everyday Guatemalan life. He is
able to use the fear that the village people have towards the
dictator and use it to create a story that is filled with
literary drama. The peoples of Guatemala are oppressed by a
tyrant ruler. Asturias is able to bring out unique characters
and interesting dream sequences while conveying the integrity
and honor of human experiences.
This novel is very interesting because of the false
world that was being represented by Asturias. There is a
lot of suspense and drama in the book and Asturias does a
good job with the dialogue of the characters. Asturias is
also able to capture the corruptness of the government and
how the politicians in the story deceive the people.
Through out the novel we are able to see the different
ways the government is crooked.
From the dictator, the
politicians, the military down to some of the common people.
Asturias description of the whore house gives us a good idea of
the way people, (especially women) had to earn their way of
Through out the book there are different reoccurring
stories that come up in the story but the main theme is the
peoples fear of the dictator and the government. Asturias
states, "Whether you're guilty or innocent is irrelevant,
General; what matters is whether you're in favor or not with
the President; it's worse to be an innocent man frowned on by
the government then a guilty one!" This form of regime is
present in today's society. There are many countries that have
dictators. The people are frightened scared of their rulers
and are afraid to go against them for fear of cruel punishment.
Asturias had to write a non-fictional...