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The Post-Mortem of a Protagonist

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Sabrina Olvera

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Transcript of The Post-Mortem of a Protagonist

Arms Baca's work in general is, in simple terms, good. He states "I worked hard at my job... I prided myself on doing well," (51).

Under his more pressuring work, Baca tended to panic or become paranoid. An example would be the working of the drug dealing where he tells how "[he] knew [he] was over [his] head, [they] had to keep [their] business under wraps," (73-74). Baca's Head Baca's Torso... Post-Mortem Of A Projagonist Heart Baca loves his grandparents, and his siblings.

Baca Loved Theresa... Then he loved Lonnie.

Though, later, he realized his dreams were only of Theresa masked to be Lonnie.

All These he loved, along with his his unattainable freedom. Baca doesn't seem to like his skin, or the fact that his skin isn't the "pristine" white of those who seem to only look down on him. He may not say, or show it, but at some point, perhaps when he realized his mother wasn't coming home, he may have wished for his skin to match that of his "superiors". To match what his mother would approve of.

Baca hides the fact that he is illiterate, keeping it a secret throughout both his high school career and, sometimes, his grown up life.

Pain to Baca is not foreign, it never has been. Eternal pain, one that never goes away, is not foreign to him either. The loneliness and pain of abandonment will follow him everywhere, as seen in his text, "They had all been there when they wanted something but had turned their backs on me now," (91).

Lastly Baca fears being trapped and never let go, his isolation from society when in jail made him believe that he was gone to far, gone to far in his head. Jimmy Satiago Baca Hands Some conflicts Baca deals with are
He wants to get away from the drugs
And runaway from life, but it always ends up resurfacing, embracing him in a hold he does not want. Baca's dreams are surrounded by the notion of being free, to run and never be held captive, but Baca's dreams surround an oxymoron. He only wants to be held captive by the nurturing love of his family. Baca's visions are based on his dreams, to be free of humanity, but to still be held in love's arms. Baca's Philosophies: He can't forgive betrayal. Nose "The air was moist and smelled like apples withering," (7). This sense of smell shows Baca's memories, even as a child, to be extremely vivid. The smell of alcohol affected Baca on the account that its the same smell his father carried. This identifying smell mainly brought memories of terror to Baca's mind. Eyes The most scaring moments that Baca may have endured are those he lay witness to. First with the abandonment of his parents, then that of the flashing gunshots he ran from. "I watched the whole scene: bullets shredding the house, battering ram shattering the door," (86). Ears Baca remembers Lonnie's words "She'd ask if I loved her," but it was not Lonnie he remembered "It was not Lonnie I had dreamed of but Theresa," (97). This makes Baca question his love. He remembers his mother telling him and his brothers to act and be like 'white' kids, making him feel as though she wanted to change them. Mouth Baca debates often with himself, showing inner insecurity, while also fighting the wrongs and rights of society. Representation of Baca The Plot In You- Dear Dad My Heart is Full My Bags Are Packed I Brought A Picture To Remember The Fact That The Past Is Real And I Can't Change I Can't Change What's In Front Of Me I Love... I Love... Legs Fun, if put into the definition of Baca, would show him 'hangin' with his friends at the bar, drinking his worries away and trying to bury the feel of paranoia that often haunts him like the chill on one's spine. Feet The day Baca went to his father's house he expected to be reunited and held in his father's embrace; hoping to fill that expansive hole made by lost time. But when facing the door that led to his father, he realized he wasn't ready. He wasn't ready to see the pain in his father's desolate eyes. The pain of abandonment from a love lost, the same pain Baca feels repeatedly throughout his life. His feet wanted to lead him to the right place, but fear over came him and he let that fear over power both his heart and direction (feet). Baca shows his life as what it was when he was, for lack of words, at his worst. Baca reveals the vulnerability he once held and how it made him stronger. In his story, Jimmy Santiago Baca, doesn't know what his future is, only that he's following his father's footsteps. Through trial and error he discovers that there is good in his heart, and that he can do things that are worth much more than the drugs he once sold. Through this deeper understanding of himself Baca is able to overcome the barriers life threw at him and achieve what he thought he never could, to become an intelligent literate man. Anyone's past is a treasure, whether it's good or bad, because the past can lead you to better things, just like Baca's past led him. Wings! By... Sabrina & Estefani
& Alejandra
& Karla. Thank you For Watching!!!
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