Into the Beautiful North

by

Luis Alberto Urrea

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Angel Character Analysis

Angel is a shy and polite young man who lives in the migrant camp. He fixed Chava's car at one point and refused to accept money from Chava. Angel agrees to return to Tres Camarones with Nayeli, though he finds Tía Irma absolutely terrifying. Irma, on the other hand, thinks Angel is crazy for wanting to open a mechanic's shop in Tres Camarones.
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Angel Character Timeline in Into the Beautiful North

The timeline below shows where the character Angel appears in Into the Beautiful North. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 25
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Female Friendship vs. Romance Theme Icon
...the dinner, Chava pulls Nayeli aside and explains that he knows a young man named Angel who used to be in the Mexican Navy. He suggests that Angel might be more... (full context)
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...insists on coming and bringing his staff. As they drive, Chava explains that he met Angel when Chava’s car broke down. Angel fixed his car and wouldn't let Chava pay him,... (full context)
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
...dark, thin men and a crude altar to the Virgin Mary. Chava introduces himself as Angel’s friend, and the men immediately smile. Atómiko helps himself to coffee, and the camp's leader,... (full context)
Racism Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
Male vs. Female Heroism Theme Icon
...They split costs and often throw out clothes that are too dirty to wash. Suddenly, Angel steps through the bamboo with Sully, Jimbo, and four other white men behind him. Sully... (full context)
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...bitch, and the back-and-forth taunts continue. Sully is confused—normally, his victims beg or flee—and when Angel stands up, Atómiko twirls his staff and brings it down across Sully's face. Nayeli kicks... (full context)
Chapter 26
Racism Theme Icon
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...grabs a cigarette, and goes outside. She demands the boys' names and calls them degenerates. Angel politely says that he's not a degenerate. Irma looks Angel over, insists that Angel is... (full context)
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...is incensed: Vampi promised El Brujo control of the cinema one night per week, and Angel wants a mechanic's shop. She rents a conference room to conduct interviews for the remaining... (full context)
Chapter 31
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
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Female Friendship vs. Romance Theme Icon
...with Irma as well, and El Brujo and Atómiko act as security guards. Matt and Angel sit in the corner, and Matt wonders how Nayeli is doing on her trip. (full context)