Always Running

by

Luis J. Rodriguez

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Mr. Madison Character Analysis

The principal of Luis Rodriguez’s high school, with whom Luis has a number of head-to-heads. Madison is portrayed as a sheltered, “apolitical” figure who can’t fathom why Chicano students would want to celebrate their culture or learn about their heritage. As a result, Luis at several points in the memoir organizes walk-outs to protest Mr. Madison’s lack of concern for Chicano issues. These walkouts sometimes succeed in convincing Madison to reconsider his ways.
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Mr. Madison Character Timeline in Always Running

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Madison appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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In the fall, Luis returns to high school. The principal there, Mr. Madison , is new, and wants to encourage Lomas to enroll in school. He says that... (full context)
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...Chicano classmates—at least 300—walk out of their classes. Mrs. Baez has an angry meeting with Mr. Madison , in which Madison accuses her of helping organize the walkout. He complains that he... (full context)
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...of being lazy and refusing to get involved with the school. But in the end, Mr. Madison approves a new course on Chicano history and culture, and promises that a Chicano will... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Humes’s classroom and shouts, “We refuse to take any more abuse.” Mr. Humes goes to Mr. Madison , who calls Luis into his office. Luis tells Mr. Madison that he and other... (full context)
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...about organizing a walkout to protest Pérez’s firing. Mrs. Baez encourages him to wait for Mr. Madison to “work this out,” but Luis ignores her. (full context)
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On the day of the walkout, scheduled for 1 pm, Mr. Madison announces a surprise assembly at the stadium. Luis knows Mr. Madison is doing this to... (full context)