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Sex & Gender In Lit2110 Essay

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Stereotypes In the play Los Vendidos, Luis Valdez portrays four different stereotypes of Mexican's. There is the farm worker, Johnny, the revolucionario, and the Mexican-American. Some people would consider this play to be offensive, but Valdez is not necessarily making Mexican's look bad, he is simply giving each Mexican a different personality. These personalities just happen to be Mexican stereotypes. In this essay, I will explain the different stereotypes represented, why people should not take offense to this play, and provide some examples of other stereotypes that could have been used in place of the Mexican's. The first Mexican Valdez describes is the farm worker. He ...view middle of the document...

The revolucionario lives off of raw horsemeat and tequila. He is also very economical. The revolucionario is the type of Mexican that we see in the movies. He sweeps the ladies off their feet and spends all of his time and money trying to impress them. The final stereotype of Mexican's that Valdez uses is the Mexican-American. He is the clean-shaven, middle class type. He is bilingual, college educated, intelligent, well-mannered, and charming. He is also very political and patriotic. On the other hand, he is not economical. He lives off of dry Martinis and Langendorf bread. The Mexican-American represents the upper middle class Mexican's. They get through school and make something of their lives. They tend to spend a lot of money. They also, like the Latin Lover, try to impress the ladies, but not by being Rico Suave. They are charming, and intelligent men. They have plans for their lives and do not let anything or anyone stand in their way. They are determined to do well and accomplish a lot. Many people might assume that a Mexican that was reading this play might be offended by it. But in reality they should not be. This play describes every type of Mexican stereotype, so there is not just one single general idea given about Mexican's. Another thing that should to be taken into consideration while reading this play is that it could be written about any type of group. Every group of people have their stereotypes, whether it be different races, genders, or classes. This play could be about any group. If this play was written about white people there would be many different stereotypes, just like there are for the Mexican's. There would be the trailer trash, the pot heads, the thugs, the working class, and the preps. All groups have their stereotypes; it does not actually mean that if a person is Mexican then they have to be either a farm worker, Johnny, revolucionario, or a Mexican-American. The same way that white's do not have to be strictly categorized into groups such as trailer trash, pot heads, thugs, working class, or preps. Most people do not fall into one strict category; they are usually between two or even three. If the play was about white people it would describe each stereotype: The trailer trash are people that do nothing with their lives. They work at gas stations, are usually dirty and smelly, and wear clothes from K-Mart. They smoke cigarettes and get drunk all day and night. Most of them are hicks who have big pick-up trucks with the confederate flag bumper sticker. They talk with a country-hick accent. The kids that live there do not finish high school, and if they do they do not go to college. The pot heads, also known as Cheech, tend to drop out of high school, but are...

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