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The Mysteries of History


Ay, Carmela! I still don’t have a single clue as to the particulars of the politics occurring within the play besides the fact that politics within this play are a binary dichotomy. Morton, thank you for bringing the history of these hispanic countries into the peripherals of my knowledge and as a Latin American, I have noted the deficiency in my knowledge of Latin American history and plan to educate myself; so thank you.

That being said, this article follows a familiar trajectory:

Step 1: State the intricacies of Spanish politics to then ultimately use the complexities of Latin American politics to further emphasize how convoluted politics are within these Spanish speaking countries.

Step 2: Emphasize how complex Latin American politics are.

Step 3: Proceed to confound the reader even further by referencing political movements that even you blatantly state that you fail to fully comprehend.

Step 4: Bring up recognisable parallels that are somehow supposed to salvage the vague and poorly explained history of politics within Spain and Latin America.

Step 5: Conclude by restating how confounding hispanic politics are.

I’m going to be direct. If you tell your audience that they will not grasp the complexities of the political atmosphere within a musical such as Ay, Carmela! then they won’t. Simple as that. Furthermore, don’t reduce the histories of several different countries spanning three continents a “troupe of the liberals vs. conservatives.” Separate countries, separate histories. NUANCE MATTERS, particularly when discussing a show that is characterized by the nuances of the Spanish Revolution, because this article did nothing to illuminate any aspect of the political atmosphere of Ay, Carmela!



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