Theme Of Oppression In Latin America

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Oppression based on socioeconomic status and heritage is a problem that Latin American society has faced for hundreds of years. The European colonization of modern-day Latin America has provided powerful examples of oppression and revolution, as it has been continually felt by various groups throughout recent history. As these European ancestors laid claim to this land, a series of indigenous populations suffered and endured hardships of slavery and perpetualized inferiority that left them severely mistreated, and in some cases, dead. Although these indigenous people were exploited and controlled by conquerors and newly established governments, there were several individuals throughout this past half-century who attempted to combat the dehumanization of themselves and their people by recalling their stories and using {literary works} to …show more content…
Continuing to close in on the modern era, we can take a look at how this oppression continued within a powerful text written by Rigoberta Menchú, who uses her personal story, I, Rigoberta Menchú, to bring people together and fight back against a corrupt government that belittles the indigenous population of Guatemala. And finally, by looking at articles written in even more recent times, such as a speech in 2005 titled “Liberty for Latin America" given by Alvaro Vargas Llosa, we see how oppression has not disappeared in Latin America, but rather developed and changed forms over time to affect various groups of indigenous peoples. As we take into account how these examples show the continual marginalization of Latin Americans since the late fifteenth century, it becomes clear that the persistence of this problem is an issue of the European influence on the identities the Latin American

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