Always Running


Luis J. Rodriguez

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Chava Character Analysis

An important warrior in the Sangra gang, who’s targeted by the Lomas one night when they burn down his house. Though Chava survives this murder attempt, he’s later stabbed by rival gang members, leaving him alive but permanently debilitated. Chava appears toward the memoir’s conclusion when, in an emotional encounter, Luis crosses paths with Chava twenty years after he leaves the gang world. Luis is shocked to see that Chava has become a weak, pathetic, middle-aged man, still consumed with self-hatred and hatred of others. In this way, Chava seems to represent the best-case scenario for La Vida Loca—a scenario which is still utterly miserable. In the end, cholos either die young, go to prison, or they grow into bitter old men.

Chava Quotes in Always Running

The Always Running quotes below are all either spoken by Chava or refer to Chava. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Always Running published in 2005.
Chapter 10 Quotes

"There’s some things to fight for, some things to die for - but not this. Chava, you're alive. I feel for you' man' but you're alive. Don't waste the rest of your days with this hate. What's revenge? What can you get by getting to me? I'm the least of your enemies. It's time to let it go, it's time to go on with your life."

Related Characters: Luis Rodriguez (speaker), Chava
Page Number: 245
Explanation and Analysis:
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Chava Character Timeline in Always Running

The timeline below shows where the character Chava appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
...firebomb a house. The car drives to a quiet neighborhood where an important Sangra member, Chava, lives. Luis and his friends soak rags in gasoline and surround the house. Luis notices... (full context)
Chapter 9
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
Politics, Resistance, and Activism Theme Icon
That night, Chava—a Sangra warrior—attends a party in San Gabriel. As he’s walking inside, eight Lomas, including Puppet,... (full context)
Chapter 10
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
Machismo Theme Icon
Race, Racism, and Class Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon convince the man that he didn’t stab him. Luis realizes that this man is Chava, once a powerful Sangra warrior. (full context)
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
Machismo Theme Icon
Race, Racism, and Class Theme Icon
Politics, Resistance, and Activism Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon
Chava cries out, “Somebody has to pay!” and pulls out a knife. Luis can see how... (full context)