Chapter I The Pachuco and Other Extremes
• Both adolescents and nations in a time of growth question their unique existence and purpose.
• The pachuco is one extreme at which a Mexican can arrive.
• According to Paz, the pachuco lives in defiance of North American culture even while he tries to be accepted into it.
• The Mexican seeks his heritage, while the North American feels confident in his heritage and optimistic about the future.
Chapter 2 Mexican Masks
• The true man is strong in the face of adversity; he might bow, but he will never give in.
• Form is an important aspect of Mexican art, architecture, and life.
• Woman is the impersonation of the life force, which is impersonal; so she loses her individuality.
• Mexicans dissimulate themselves and others in order to protect their privacy.
The Day of the Dead
• The fiesta gives the Mexican an opportunity...
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