The Labyrinth of Solitude: Life and Thought in Mexico Themes

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Paz analyzes solitude as the search of a modern man to fill the emptiness that surrounds him. It is the search for identity that is all the more difficult for Mexicans because they close themselves off through distancing. Mexicans are both conquered and conquerors and must guard themselves against another conquest. This protection bestows solitude. Their identity is also conditioned by their environment. The natural world of Mexico that was also part of their ancient people reminds of the past, still lingering there as part of the lost world. The history of Mexico remains influential.

When Mexicans search for their identity they become powerless. The conquest that led to submission created the reality that represents taking over another man. When victims and their conquerors unite, a certain state of limbo pervades, where solitude is withdrawal. Paz describes Mexican solitude as suspension between heaven and earth. The abstract heaven corresponds to...

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