Into the Beautiful North

by

Luis Alberto Urrea

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Scarface is one of the bandidos who invades Tres Camarones. He's a "bottom-level narco" desperate to make it big as a drug cartel, and he attempts to dress the part by wearing sport coats in the swampy heat, mirrored sunglasses, and an automatic gun on a shoulder holster. He and his accomplice, the state cop, harass Nayeli when they stop at Tacho's bar and leave without paying as a show of force and power.
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Scarface Character Timeline in Into the Beautiful North

The timeline below shows where the character Scarface appears in Into the Beautiful North. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Male vs. Female Heroism Theme Icon
..."narco" looking for his own territory so he can make it big. He's known as Scarface. He and the state cop are driving to Tres Camarones to deliver marijuana to some... (full context)
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
Disillusionment and Idealization Theme Icon
...cop's gun holster is squeaky, and the only music on the radio is Mexican music. Scarface and the cop argue about which hip-hop artists are best and agree that Mexico is... (full context)
Chapter 2
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
Female Friendship vs. Romance Theme Icon
After Scarface and the state cop have been waiting for several hours for the surfers in the... (full context)
Male vs. Female Heroism Theme Icon
Still laughing, Scarface and the state cop holler for drinks. Nayeli delivers two beers as fast as she... (full context)
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
...and doesn't even exist on a map. The American boys who are supposed to purchase Scarface's marijuana are on spring break from college in California, and they chose to surf and... (full context)
Borders and Ownership Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
Male vs. Female Heroism Theme Icon
Female Friendship vs. Romance Theme Icon
After Scarface finishes eating his tacos, he stands and shouts about the Americans. Tacho only shrugs when... (full context)