The Autumn of the Patriarch Themes

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An Endless Dictatorship

The General is portrayed as someone who is in power either over one hundred years, or over two hundred years. In the beginning he is put into power with the help of the British fleet, and at the end, he is threatened with invasion by the US Marines, unless he sells the Sea. His dictatorship is tolerated as a necessary evil, not because of overwhelming military force. In fact, the military is the greatest threat to the dictatorship, not only because other generals want to take power, but because if the General commits unacceptable abuses, the military are the only ones who have the power to challenge these abuses. Though the General is portrayed as a dictator and a monster, he also gets people in the military and the population to cooperate with him. For example, hundreds of people sign on to witness miracles that the...

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