What do you believe the character of El Pachuco represents in "Zoot Suit"?
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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.
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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