Signs Preceding the End of the World

by

Yuri Herrera

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The Anglo Rancher Character Analysis

An enraged white man, “armed to the eyeballs,” who pursues and shoots after Makina and Chucho as they traverse the desert in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. It is unclear whether he is motivated by racism or personal gain—Chucho suggests he has a competing business as a coyote and wants to defend his territory against the competition. The anglo rancher and Chucho get in a brawl and wrestle over his gun while Makina runs ahead at Chucho’s insistence. Later, they both appear to get arrested by the police. While he unambiguously represents the violent xenophobia of many white Americans and the severe dangers migrants face while crossing the border, the anglo rancher also has an ambiguous relationship to justice and the law: he claims to be enforcing the law by preventing illegal migrants from entering the United States, but in fact Chucho calls the police on the rancher for illegally trying to take this law into his own hands and violently assaulting people he does not know. This conflict points to an enduring problem in American policy toward immigrants: undocumented people are treated as having no rights because they have no papers, and citizens and the government alike use immigrants’ “illegal” status to justify committing crimes against them.

The Anglo Rancher Quotes in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The Signs Preceding the End of the World quotes below are all either spoken by The Anglo Rancher or refer to The Anglo Rancher. 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:
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the And Other Stories edition of Signs Preceding the End of the World published in 2015.
Chapter 3 Quotes

You just took your last trip, coyote.

I’m no coyote, Chucho said.

Ha! I seen you crossing folks, the man said. And looks like now I caught you in the act.

Not the act I’m denying, said Chucho, tho I’m no coyote.

The anglo’s expression indicated that he was engaged in a mighty struggle with the nuances of the concept. He scanned Chucho’s face for a few seconds, waiting for clarification. And now, yessir, chose to point the gun at them.

What I’m denying, Chucho went on, Is that you caught us.

Related Characters: Chucho (speaker), The Anglo Rancher (speaker), Makina
Page Number: 48-9
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Anglo Rancher Character Timeline in Signs Preceding the End of the World

The timeline below shows where the character The Anglo Rancher appears in Signs Preceding the End of the World. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Place Where the Hills Meet
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Racism, Inequality, and Social Change Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
A black truck with searchlights is following Makina and Chucho. Its driver is “ an anglo with dark glasses ” whose “eyes [shoot] bullets through the two windows.” They stop at the shack where... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Racism, Inequality, and Social Change Theme Icon
Makina gets dressed and asks Chucho about his phone conversation. He explains that he thinks the anglo outside has “his own lil undercover business,” and is less worried about Makina and Chucho... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Racism, Inequality, and Social Change Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
Outside, the revolver-wielding anglo rancher confronts Chucho and Makina: “You just took your last trip, coyote.” Chucho declares that the... (full context)
Immigration, Myth, and Identity Theme Icon
Gender Roles Theme Icon
...who is laying on the ground with his hands behind his head, and the unconscious anglo rancher . She realizes that she has been shot, but her wound neither hurts nor bleeds.... (full context)