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The Broken Spears

The Broken Spears

The Broken Spears is the story of the conquest of Mexico, as told by the conquered. The story starts out with omens foretelling the coming of the Spaniards and ends with the fallen city. The reason the author writing this book because of course he wants to sell and make money, but I think the main reason is he want to tell us that how the war look like, and he wants to let the future generation to fully understand this virtual history process. From this story, the author tries to tell us that the war is very dreadful. Because of the war, a lot of family was separated from each other or lost someone they loved. The author wants this story will go into history forever to let the future generation learn from that. No one wants to have the war, but sometimes it out of our control. If we want to live, then we have to fight back to protect our family and the one we loved.
The Broken Spears written by Miguel Leon-Portilla is a book that goes into depth about the conquest of Mexico starting in 1519 from the point of view of the Aztecs. This book talks about everything significant in the Aztec society that took place during the time of conquest. It goes over the first news of Cortez and the Spaniards arrival to Motecuhzoma’s belief of the gods, and his association that he made between the gods and the Spaniards. It also talks about the allies gained by the Spanish, and the acceptance of the Spanish and the surrender of Tenochtitlan. It also touches on the revolt of the Aztec people that lead to the terror and the end of the Aztec civilization. Each chapter gave us a view of each event with many details. For example, in the first chapter, the author describes in detail all the omens that they saw before the Spaniards came to their lands such as what kind of signs and how it appears. The author organizes each event in chronological order by explain in detail all the events that lead to Cortez conquering the Aztec empire. The author gives a historical an emotional, human,...

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