`` Brownsville, The Male Characters Demonstrate Machismo Characteristics Toward Other People

804 Words Mar 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Within the stories of Oscar Casares’ Brownsville, the male characters demonstrate machismo characteristics toward other people. In “Mr. Z,” Mr. Z displays his prideful behavior toward Diego to assert and obtain a sense of dominance and respect. While in “RG”, RG demonstrates profound pridefulness and insecurity after his Anglo neighbor took his hammer. Within, “Big Jesse, Little Jesse,” Jesse displays his insecurity based on how he views his son’s disability. Thus, revealing his prideful persona that values social acceptance over being a good father. Finally, in the story of “Charro,” Marcelo’s father is detailed to have been prideful of his family’s honor by asking his sons to kill a man who was threatening them. The characters of Casares may be placed in different situations, but the morals of each of them are the same. The protection of honor, social acceptance, and dominance are all themes connected to the ideology of machismo. However, each of the characters that demonstrate machismo characteristics all happens to be middle-class Hispanic men. Based on the stories, we can interpret that machismo is predominantly within middle-class men. But is this true?

Writer Fernando Penalosa defines a man with machismo as someone who, “ ‘constantly tries to express and constantly look for signs in others that his manliness is being recognized’ ” (Miranda, Pitones, and Diaz 311). I believe Penalosa’s definition to be true based on the male characters of Brownsville whose pride is…

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