The Tattooed Soldier by Hector Tobar

Antonio and Longoria are two individuals suffering from abrupt changes. Longoria completely changes his beliefs and principles after he joins the battalion, whereas Antonio enjoys a mundane life until his wife and son are killed by guerillas. It is this experience of life that changes the reality for Antonio. So in this theory on education, Plato argued that if one were to learn or search for truth, he ought to do so in a gradual manner (PSYOPS). The characters mentioned above were exposed to sudden and unexpected experiences and as a result, they could not grasp the real meanings of such experiences and hence the way they perceived reality was changed.
&nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp. Characterized as an ordinary citizen under rural setting, Antonio Bernal is a Guatemalan who sought to live a life of simplicity which he managed to fulfill with a radical wife and son Carlitos in brief span, despite his feeblish attributes. Originally, he is that type of fellow who is far from engaging complex ideas and would rather prefer humble settlement and not demand beyond ordinary living at San Cristobal, Acatapan. He does not find satisfaction in complex ideas and the results that arise as a result of acting on such ideas. Little does he know that his joyful pursuits in wedlock with Elena, whose fulfillment lies further on revolutionary movements against unlawful regularities in their region, is bound to culminate into tragedy. Longoria, on the other hand, is a peasant who leaves his mother in spite of his reluctance to join the army, where he got completely altered on becoming an official member of the Jaguar Battalion. His life is completely disturbed and changed by the sudden change in circumstances that he encounters after joining the battalion.
&nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp. &nbsp.With the turn of events that follow, a scrutinizing reader may find that both Antonio and Longoria are at a position when each of them is not by intention making any personal choice to get into intricacies with the aim of changing lives for a special cause or purpose. They might have likely remained at a neutral track if not for the circumstances over which they have negligible control.