Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Compare Luis Miguel Valdez’s use of history in Zoot Suit and Bandido!

What does “I Don’t Have to Show You No Stinking Badges!” say about American society’s view of Chicanos? What does it say about the effect of American popular culture on ordinary lives?

How do Valdez’s plays show the influence of the dramatic methods of Bertolt Brecht?

How does Zoot Suit continue and expand upon the themes of Valdez’s actos?

In Zoot Suit, how does El Pachuco embody Chicano pride?

Does Valdez’s film La Bamba look at Chicano culture differently than his plays?