Always Running


Luis J. Rodriguez

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Roger Nelson Character Analysis

A Los Angeles local and friend of Luis Rodriguez, who supplies Luis with a rifle that Luis later uses to shoot at some white bikers. As part of the fall-out from the incident, Roger is arrested for supplying Luis with the gun and is tried as an accessory to murder—however, Roger is released. Later, as if to show that there are no hard feelings, he asks Luis to be the best man at his wedding.
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Roger Nelson Character Timeline in Always Running

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Chapter 7
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Politics, Resistance, and Activism Theme Icon
Luis runs to his friend Roger Nelson ’s house and asks to borrow a rifle. Roger lends Luis a weapon, and Luis... (full context)
Chapter 8
Race, Racism, and Class Theme Icon
Politics, Resistance, and Activism Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon
...Luis and his friends. However, the police are able to trace the gun back to Roger Nelson , who they arrest and charge with attacking the bikers. At Roger’s trial, Luis sees... (full context)