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Candido and the coyote. Candido is worrying about being deported and facing “La Migra” or immigration office. He hides to evade them and ensure the safety of him and his family. The coyote being a direct symbol to Candido does the same when wandering in the city hiding from animal control. A coyote is innovative and will always find a way to survive. The Coyote’s only source of survival is to chew on water pipes for their basic necessities. Candido is resourceful and uses large sheet of gardening plastic as a roof/rain catcher, and re-routed the Arroyo Blanco Estates’ sprinkler system towards his campsite to deliver drinking water for his family. He was very resourceful throughout the novel when he had to obtain food and water. Candido, just like the coyote, had to live off the land to survive. The innate coyote within America represents the innocence and independence of women. America transformed from the Mexican way to the American way. The coyote in her saves her life multiple times. America alone and miserable looks and sees a Coyote “She looked at the coyote so long and so hard that she began to hallucinate, to imagine herself inside those eyes looking out, to know that men were her enemies” (129). In this quote we evaluate that she is taking the “lone wolf” approach to life now as no man in her life as ever kept their promises. No man has ever helped her only instilled pain in her. She is becoming independent and emerging out of her shell, as she starts to grow a voice and starts to defy her husband. America took the risk of being killed when they crossed the border with smugglers. They are called “Coyotes” and bring immigrants from Mexico to America. Coyotes could be looked as life savers in changing a family’s life or could be looked as vicious beasts that take advantage of you for your hard earned
Vohra 1money.“Two-thirds of their savings had gone to this man, this coyote, this emissary between the two worlds” (59). America looks at this coyote as a “portal” between two dimensions. No matter how much she had to spend all she thought about was the American Dream to migrate over just as the coyote did. America was attacked and nearly raped in this ordeal but escaped by the skin