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Nine Guardians takes places in the State of Chiapas in Mexico where from theremains of the Mexican revolution came the presidency of Lazaro Cardenas His presidencytakes places between 1934 and 1940 during the time this novel takes place Cardenasexpropriated foreign-held properties distributed land to peasants and instituted reforms tobenefit indigenous people and Mexican workers Cardenas found it unfair for the Indians to notbe treated as equals so he demanded rights for Indians Land holdings were controlled by aruling elite The Indians were encouraged to rise against the landowners and demand their rights They have the law on their side and they start to realize they dont deserve to be treated as slaves With the help of others Cardenas breaks up large estates and forces families off of the lands The novel is written from the point of view of the author Rosario Castellanos However a sevenyear old girl is the narrator through most of The Nine Guardians She takes us through thebook by introducing the people surrounding her life and her familys life The seven year old girl is the daughter of a wealthy landowner Cesar Arguello Since theArguellos are wealthy the girl is not raised by her parents but mostly by an Indian servant shecalls Nana Nana has nurtured and cared for the girl and her little brother Mario since birth Nana is an Indian that lives with this elite controlling possessive landowning family Despitethe fact that she is treated as a slave Nana loves the Arguellos Nana becomes a big influence onthe little girl along with her parents and the retaliation of the landowners and the Indians againstone another The girl and her brother will become innocent victims mostly because of her fatherwho will try desperately to hold on to their land for Marios future Some of the damage donecannot be fixed and will remain permanent It is a tragedy of money power and malesupremacy The situations that occur will leave a strong
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