Echeverría through The Slaughterhouse builds a critique of Rosas' movement, identifying it as the "center of the Federation": an institution in which day by day the limits between animalistic and human behavior become blurred and problematic.
The heart of the Rosas' Federation is portrayed as a barbarous carnival in which the law of the strongest is established. Death is around the corner, people speak badly and eat even worse. There are no manners and thinking differently (and looking different) constitutes a death risk. The 'unitary' of the story is a caricature as extreme as that of the 'federals', and dies for showing boldly (in his attire and haircut) that he does not adhere to the principles of the Federation.
Echeverria was not a unitary. However, he puts in that character much of what he and his companions valued: good manners, attire following the European fashion, courage, distance from the plebs. It is likely that the writer suffered in life some form of censorship to his way of dressing and walking, or at least the occasional questioning look.
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