Study the Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa

495 Words2 Pages
As we all know, the person who were born in the United States of America becomes American. However, in this play, we can see that the Mexican kids who were born in the United States of America confused with their nationality. They did not know who they are or whether they should act like Americans or Mexicans. This theory also stated by Prof. Pickett, who once became the director of this play at California State University at Sacramento (1989: 144). As Prof. Pickett observes, Valdez enjoys extremes in this play, contrasting the two brothers as well as the distinctions between the generations represented. On a scale of assimilation from immigrant to “acceptable”, Valdez shows us the spectrum, from the Mexican parents through degrees of assimilated children. While Joaquin relates more as a Chicano and has some consciousness of urban struggle, Lupe does not want to be Mexican, yet she is not as assimilated as Mingo. Prof. Pickett said that this play give out a very contrasting point of view of Mexican-American towards the American society in that time. The youngest son of the family, Joaquin, was very proud of his Mexican lineage. He also stood in the Pancho Villa’s side. Pancho Villa was one of the most important Mexican revolutionary general who fought against the head of an authoritarian power. On the other side, his older brother, Mingo, who was in US Marine, was very American. He even changed his name into Mr. Sunday, which is the English of his previous name, Domingo. Martin Milagro in Miracle Theatre Group Study Guide (2009: 1) wrote “It is a play that speaks to the core of the Chicano dilemma: ‘Are we Mexican or American?’” This question is simple, but for some Mexican-American people, they have difficulties to find the answer. On the other hand, this question maybe is not answered directly in this play, but this play answered all the questions that based on

More about Study the Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa

Open Document