The first chapter in The Law of Love takes place during the fall of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, and the beginning of the building of the Spanish capital city that later became Mexico City. The city has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years, and this particular historical moment shaped the capital, the country, and the culture as well as playing an important role in this novel.
1) Compare and contrast the Spanish and the Aztec characters in this chapter. How are they similar? How are they different? What does power do to their relationships?
2) What happens to Aztec constructions? Why do the Spanish alter the constructions in the way that they do? What does Citlali think about the destruction of the Pyramid of Love?
In this novel, Esquivel uses magical realism, a literary device first used in Latin America by Juan Rulfo, and perhaps most famously used by...
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