The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico - Chapter I The Pachuco and Other Extremes Summary & Analysis

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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.

Mexican character evolves along with changes that occur in Mexico since the Spanish conquest that marks its origin, colonization, and liberation. Just as individuals develop their own sense of self, nations become aware of their distinctive character when they mature. Mexicans realize their uniqueness that has been shaped by their specific historical circumstances. This self-discovery provokes questions about their relationship with other countries, along with their own position among other nations. Their character is apparent in their unique art. At the same time, it becomes obvious that this uniqueness makes them isolated. All individuals attain a certain stage in their development...

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