The Challenge Themes

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Loyalty

Each character portrayed in "The Challenge" is loyal to either Justo or the Gimp. The battle lines are clearly drawn throughout the story, as no characters attempt to stop the fight or arbitrate the tension between the two sides. Although Briceño and Moses express doubt about Justo's ability to win the fight, they remain loyal to their friend. Loyalty is presented as something that is grounded in friendship and personal relationships rather than in a self-serving need to be on the winner's side. When Briceño sees Justo before the fight, he never shows his uncertainty to Justo but expresses nonchalance and confidence in his friend's ability to win the fight. He knows that Justo will not back down from fighting the Gimp, and his loyalty prompts him to be supportive in words and actions. Similarly, Moses offers to help in any way he can...

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