La Frontera Analysis

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Freedom and sovereignty is a dream of every territory, country or society. As evidenced in The La Frontera, Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe by Alma Lopez and the BrokenSpears the political, social, and psychic are very significant in every society.
In La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldua talks about the meaning of the pre-conquest fertility goddess (Coatlicue) to the current Chicana feminist fights. Anzaldua explains that the unique characters of Coatlicue that disrupts the complacency of life are the one that enables it to its duties appropriately. Coatlicue brings suffering to the forefront of an awareness thus giving a clearer view of as to whom to confront. She forces Anzaldua to assert herself in the face of emotional and physical violence so that
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Cihuacoatl represents a holistic figure the takes into account the creation and death of human beings. The belief makes many audiences think there is some link between the legendary Chicano figure of La Llorona and Cihuacoatl. Some of the most common theme in this story includes the white goddess dress and wandering in the night screaming about the lost child. Cihuacoatl also does the same.
Within the literature, La Llorona emerges a figure of both maternal resistance and maternal betrayal. The “Woman hollering creek and the Cariboo Cafe” vitalized and propagated the stories about maternal resistance. The contemporary tale of Llorona points to the violated Latina mom who fights against poverty and the military despotism in the Cariboo Café.
Examination of the racial accounts during the colonial era, both La Llorona and her antecedent, Cihuacoatl, emerge as destructive and dangerous. These stories about the maternal betrayal label La Llorona as a selfish treacherous woman who kills her children by drowning them. The story teaches about revenge for being neglected by a lover, parental abandonment, and
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Occasionally, they could hold some of the Mexicans captive and sacrificed them to appease their gods. Cortes arrived to Veracruz on April 22, 1519, and conquered Aztec capital. There were still signs of war before the Spaniards appeared on the shores. The strangers showed and started disturbing the people. The Spaniards were thought to be gods when they arrived. They were later repelled by sacrifices. They reached Texcoco and associated with people as friends. The Spaniards assured the king of complete security. However, the people were afraid of the king thus disrespecting him because he commanded them to do some of the things they did not

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