Everything you need to understand or teach The Labyrinth of Solitude by Octavio Paz.
Nations experience transformation in the same way that individuals mature. We all tend to perceive ourselves as unique until we begin to question our existence and come to the realization that one faces the world alone. Nations search for their identity and their existence in relation to other nations.
The Mexican character is unique. It is best examined in the United States because it fostered certain symbolic expressions that can be best identified when compared with other groups and nationalities. There are no group or nationality like Mexicans who are neither Indians, nor Black people nor Americans. Through their rebellious nature they display their apparent disinclination to adapt. They exhibit a sense of restlessness, tendency to exaggerate, ridicule, and form gangs. They seek solitude when they become detached from their roots. They are drawn towards self-destruction, persecution, and redemption. In this way they can be more noticeable.
The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Lesson Plans contain 163 pages of teaching material, including: