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What is the significance/meaning of El Pachuco's quote in the beginning of the play? (quote starts with "Ladies and...

Luis Valdez’s play Zoot Suit was inspired by the Mexican American immigrant experience during the 1930s and 1940s, an experience that included racial discrimination at the hands of the country’s...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 12:13 am UTC

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

El Pachuco in Zoot Suit is a representative of the Pachuco subculture that dressed in zoot suits. Pachucos were sharply-dressed tough guys, at times gang members, within Mexican American culture in...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2019 1:14 pm UTC

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What does the word "drape" mean in Luis Valdez's play Zoot Suit?

One mention of the phrase "drape shape" appears in a song sung by El Pachuco, leader of the Los Angeles Chicano gang called the Pachucos, in Act One of Luis Valdez's play Zoot Suit. The song...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2015 8:56 am UTC

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How does el Pachuco transgress in this play?

Zoot Suit is a play based on the Zoot Suit riots in Los Angeles, California, in 1943. The Zoot Suit riots were a series of riots between servicemen, Marines, and young Mexican-Americans (pachucos)....

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 8:49 pm UTC

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What are some cultural/racial themes in Luis Valdez's Zoot Suit and "My Ride, My Revolution"? Is there a message that...

Luis Valdez's play Zoot Suit is primarily about the relationships among justice, race, ethnicity, and cultural representation. The flamboyant young men who enjoy displaying their style through the...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2020 2:16 am UTC

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What is the significance of Alice’s rhetorical question that starts at line 116 (“Do you realize…”)?

In act 2 of Zoot Suit, Alice, a white reporter, says to Henry, a Chicano man wrongly convicted of murder: Oh, Hank. All the love and hate it's taken to get us together in this lousy prison room....

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 2:13 pm UTC

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What was the significance of the Zoot Suit Riots?

Like leather jackets in the Sixties, or Michael Jordan sneaker in the Eighties, the "zoot suits" adopted by the pachucos helped identify members of a like-minded set. The panchucos represented "a...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2007 7:50 am UTC

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How does Valdez set up themes and ideas at the beginning of Zoot Suit through the set design? What do the images make...

At the start of the play, Valdez states that "the giant facsimile of a newspaper front page serves as a drop curtain." On the newspaper, the audience can read a headline that reads, in capital...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020 2:30 pm UTC

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In Zoot Suit, why does El Pachuco say that the police are holding Henry despite the fact that he hasn’t broken any...

In Zoot Suit, Luis Valdez examines the discrimination that Chicanos faced in Los Angeles during the 1940s. The plot of the play is based on the real-life Sleepy Lagoon murder trial and the Zoot...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2020 8:49 pm UTC

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How is  Zoot Suit an exploration of the tension in American society between conformity and non-conformity?

Valdez's work brings out how important the issue of cultural identity is both within a specific culture and its relationship towards other groups in a social collection. In particular, the element...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012 10:15 am UTC

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Who escapes when the police raid the dance? Who do the police let leave? Why?

The scene of the police raid is a barrio dance taking place with members of the Thirty-eighth Street Gang in attendance. When another gang— the Downey Gang—arrives, the two groups start to argue....

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 3:44 am UTC

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When does El Pachuco voice the sentiments of the Press?

The original question had to be edited down as there were multiple questions present. I think that the argument here is that El Pachuco is driven to voice the opposite of the Press. Valdez shows...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2013 8:49 am UTC

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Was there ever any compensation or reparations given to the targeted people(s) or the descendants of the targeted group?

The zoot suit riots occurred in Los Angeles during World War II -- 1942 and 1943 to be exact. The riots featured white sailors and other servicemen fighting with Mexican-American youths. No...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2009 2:12 am UTC

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Name two specific aspects of mise-en-scene associated with the character El Pachuco in Zoot Suit that help to define...

One of the major themes in the play is how the press helped to build negatively and hatred towards the zoot suit culture. Many of the scenes involving El Pachuco revolve around this theme. As he...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019 12:16 pm UTC

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