Race, Class and Gender in "Always Running"
A review of the impact of race, class and gender in Luis Rodriguez' memoir, "Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A."
# 102952 | 769 words | 1 source | APA | 2008 |
Published on Apr 07, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Latin-American Studies (Race, Class, Gender Issues)
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This paper analyzes Luis Rodriguez' memoir, "Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A." It particularly discusses how identity is shown to be a prison of race, class and gender in which few young Mexican-Americans are able to escape. The paper gives examples from the text that illustrate how the very first social interactions of Latino youth in Los Angeles are severely impacted by their undeniable Mexican-American identity.
From the Paper:"Another substantial iron bar of Rodriguez's prison was that of Gender. Clearly, male bravado played a big part in the early teen trouble-making years of Luis and his fellow gang-members. One example closely follows a summer expedition to the beach with some friends--both male and female. Rodriguez tells the story of young teens at the beach, flirting and fondling--interrupted by the local police. One thing that is interesting is his description of one of the female's body rising from the water after being thrown in by one of his friends. It is the first detailed account of the female form, and the account's graphic nature shows that his interest in becoming desirable to women has now become important. This description of his subject of interest, Hermie, is harshly broken up by the young group's run-in with the local law-enforcement. The reason this seems significant is because when Rodriguez gets home, his mother scolds him for being a trouble maker, saying: "You have to work, to help us out here. You're a big man now." The close relationship between his graphic memory of untouchable Hermie and his inability as provider for his family shows that his role as a man amidst all the other social challenges had just added more height to his mountain."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Rodriguez, Luis J. (1993,2005). Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. New York: Touchstone.
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