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Greg Bowers Jennifer Aquirr Intro to Drama November 5, 2007 The Theme of Oppression in Luis Valdez’ Zoot Suit During the late forties in America there was a race war going on in parts of the country that had very large Hispanic populations. Zoot Suit is a reflection of that struggle through the eyes of the Hispanics. Luis Valdez uses the theme of oppression in his play to show what it was like to be young and Hispanic in the late forties. One of the first examples of oppression in the play is when Lt. Edwards beats Henry after he will not tell him what he wants about the bight fight at sleepy lagoon. The beating shows how the police had no restrictions to do what they want to Hispanics. Valdez chose to show the graphic beating to exemplify the role that police officers took
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Unformatted text preview: in the culture of the 1940s. Another example of oppression is when the police wont let the boys get haircuts for 3 months leading up until their trial so that they look like raggedy foreign criminals. The police are trying to put the boys at a tremendous disadvantage for the trial. They want the trial to be over before it even starts. The police oppressing the boys is a synonym for what really was happening in the late forties in America. The theme of oppression is very clear in Luis Valdez Zoot Suit. The events clearly represent what life was really like for young Hispanics in the late forties in the American southwest....
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