What is the purpose of chapter eight of Beka Lamb?

The purpose of chapter eight is to introduce Toycie's boyfriend, Emilio Villanueva, and to put into motion events that lead to Toycie's eventual death.

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In chapter 8, we are introduced to Emilio Sanchez Villanueva, Toycie's boyfriend.

Emilio is described as a boy of seventeen, the same age as Toycie, and of both Mayan and Spanish ancestry. Emilio is also strong, illustrious, and capable.

We are told that he can swim better than all the...

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In chapter 8, we are introduced to Emilio Sanchez Villanueva, Toycie's boyfriend.

Emilio is described as a boy of seventeen, the same age as Toycie, and of both Mayan and Spanish ancestry. Emilio is also strong, illustrious, and capable.

We are told that he can swim better than all the boys in his age group. In fact, there are times when his prowess in the water exceeds that of older boys. Emilio can also dive for a long time and gut fish as well as his grandfather.

In short, Emilio is the kind of boy who can turn any girl's head. He's strong, good-looking, talented, and intelligent. Accordingly, Emilio's parents sold their property in Ambergris Caye to finance their son's education at St. Anthony's Jesuit College in Belize.

Emilio, of course, passed the entrance exam to the college, which prompted his parents to make the fateful decision to leave Ambergris Caye.

Chapter 8 also highlights the foundation of Toycie and Beka's close friendship, and is also describes the major reason for conflict between Toycie and Beka.

The chapter also calls attention to Toycie's growing distrust of Emilio. Even Granny Ivy is skeptical of Emilio's intentions toward Toycie: she warns that, if Toycie isn't careful, she may end up with a baby instead of a diploma.

In addition to all of this, chapter 8 also foreshadows the negative impact of Toycie's poor decisions, mistakes which eventually lead to her death later in the novel.

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