- Jul 2015
Do you know how ridiculous it is to talk about true love to a female slave who was struggling for survival and constantly under threat of abuse? Of course it is not true love, but did she need true love? All she wanted was more and better food, a better shelter, no or less back-breaking work, less violent rape by her captors. If any master could give her that, she would be grateful to and grow to like that master. She would feel attached to and fear for being abandoned by that master, and may want to return favor with her body.
-She had a son by Cortez
-In the sources from around that time (both Indian and Spanish) she is depicted as someone important.
Now you can make a lot of assumptions about how the dynamics were, but we simply don't know. It may be that she was forced by Cortez, it may be that she genuinely loved him. It may be that Cortez fell in love and she only tolerated him, it may be that she hated the Aztecs and would do anything to take revenge, etc
Point of the matter is that for a supposedly mass-murdering, raping war criminal, it is a bit thin to only come up with "well, he may have raped La Malinche".
Further point of the matter is that it certainly wasn't Cortez that routinely sacrificed people and sometimes even ate them.
In the whole of south America, the Aztecs probably were the sickest ****s at that time.