What does Luis Cervantes represent in The Underdogs?
This time in Mexico was one with an incredible riff between the rich and the poor. The introduction of Luis Cervantes was a strategic move on Azuela’s part in order to show both sides of those who were revolting. It was not only poor ranchers, but also middle class intellectuals who ashamed of the injustices by their government.
Although a progressive move to allow Cervantes into the band, it did not come easily. There was ongoing mistrust between him and the rest. As they question his commitment to the group, Pancracio questioned why they could not “go ahead and shoot ’em dead now…” (20). I think this a good example of real issues that came up between men in the revolution. Azuela himself was a well educated man who was able to flee the fighting, similar to Cervantes.