Angie wants to get out of the gender role. Angie and Julio choose not to have children, which is not traditional in the Mexican culture. She separates her self from the traditional wife. She does not want to lose her life to children. Along with Angie leaving so does Pete.
Pete now lives his life with his wife and kids. Pete over does favoritism and this cause Sammy to be looked down upon. “When you take them the first time, make sure you tell the teacher how smart Mariana is and not to expect too much from Sammy”(205). Sammy has no expectations placed by the family. He ends up with an addiction to heroin. We see that his school and teacher influence him; they believe that he needs a little extra help. He ends up involved in the wrong type of group but they help him feel safe. As time moved on and as Pete become wealthier from his construction business, they moved to a white neighborhood. Here Sammy did not receive a good education and was shunned upon by teachers and students. At his school there was no support system for him to fall back against as cushion. Sammy felt as if it were twenty times as harder. Thus causing him to make bad decisions. Difficult situation make people, do bad things if it is necessary to do so.
Mariana is considered the special one in this story. Her family helps her every step of the way. “By the way, I don’t want to raise our kids to think the oldest son is favorite. It’s bad custom… I want her to feel