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rosana | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 15, 2007 at 10:12 AM via web

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My question is What do you believe the character of El Pachuco represents in Zoot Suit.

yes, if you can take into consideration his primary role in the play, his transformation and his relationship to Henry.  I would to know if my opinion is the same as everyone else.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 15, 2007 at 10:30 AM (Answer #1)

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In a 1988 interview, Valdez, the playwright, said El Pachuco is "the power inside every individual that's greater than any human institution." El Pachuco is Hank's alter ego, the part of him that refuses to allow Anglo society to degrade and abuse Chicanos. He serves as a sort of master of ceremonies, talking to the audience and making comments about the action. El Pachuco is the cool Chicano that everyone wants to be. He is confident and assertive and represents the proud, unwavering Chicano. 

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dellabarrios | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 1, 2008 at 10:49 AM (Answer #2)

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Interesting fact, I asked Luis the same question and he told me that he based some of the character of El Pachuco on the Aztec God Tezcatlipoca.  El Pachuco's signature red and black outfit were inspired by the colors associated with Tezcatlipoca, and he too like Tezcatlipoca, represents the war and strife in Henry's life.  If you wikipedia Tezcatlipoca you'll see a lot of similarities in both Henry and El Pachuco.  Hope that helps!

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