Throughout Fistfight, Victor finds it difficult to manage being a Native American, especially when being Native American is being the object of ridicule. For example, when Dirty Joe passes out from drinking “too much coat-pocket whiskey,” Sadie and Victor sit beside him as “all the white tourists watch, laugh, and point a finger” (55). Victor feels “afraid of all of them, wanting to hide behind his Indian teeth, the quick joke” (55). In an effort to protect defenseless Dirty Joe, Victor is confined to mockery initiated by the white tourists. Although sitting with Dirty Joe to ensure his safety is noble, Victor feels embarrassed and ashamed. Victor would have rather hid behind a crude stereotype, than continue the subjections by the whit...
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...our past” (58). Borders creates a dimension in Victor’s soul with no boundaries as characterized by the “dark” in his eyes. Although not fully determined, Victor’s identity is none-the-less immeasurable. In a broader context, the mirrors can also reflect the pervasive nature of borders. Victor fits different casts, and as reflected, diverse molds can fit Victor. While difference is integral to living between borders, difference does not mean isolation. The macho that can recognize vulnerability can transition to the mestizo, “a blending that proves that all blood is intrinsically woven together, and that we are spawned out of similar souls” (107). Although we perceive everyone to be different, being different makes us all the same. Western culture is dominant, and shows no discrimination to the oppressed. If borders become more porous, borders could cease to exist.
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