Spare Parts

by

Joshua Davis

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Major Glenn Goins Character Analysis

The instructor of Oscar’s high school ROTC group. Goins teaches Oscar leadership, dedication, and also that the Declaration of Independence gives rights to all people, not just American citizens. Goins is impressed with Oscar, promotes him to cadet major, and awards him the Officer of the Year trophy. Oscar looks up to Goins and hopes to enlist after high school, until he realizes that he is unable to because of his immigration status.

Major Glenn Goins Quotes in Spare Parts

The Spare Parts quotes below are all either spoken by Major Glenn Goins or refer to Major Glenn Goins. 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:
Underdogs and Overcoming Odds Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Spare Parts published in 2014.
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In his nineteen years as an ROTC commander, Goins had never met a finer student than Oscar. He embodied everything the military was looking for: leadership, intelligence, dependability, integrity, tact, selflessness, and perseverance. […] “Oscar had it all,” Goins remembers. “His only drawback was that he wasn't a U.S. citizen.”

Related Characters: Major Glenn Goins (speaker), Oscar Vazquez
Page Number: 51
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Major Glenn Goins Character Timeline in Spare Parts

The timeline below shows where the character Major Glenn Goins appears in Spare Parts. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Underdogs and Overcoming Odds Theme Icon
Teamwork, Friendship, and Motivation Theme Icon
Mentorship Theme Icon
Oscar signs up for the ROTC, and Major Glenn Goins, the group’s instructor, welcomes him into the group. The mission of the program is to... (full context)
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
Goins teaches his students that the Declaration of Independence gave all people “unalienable Rights,” not just... (full context)
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
At fourteen, Oscar asks Major Goins if he can enlist. Goins asks if Oscar has a green card; when Oscar says... (full context)
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
...an Army base to run an obstacle course. Oscar’s dedication while running the course leads Goins to promote him to cadet major, making him the battalion’s executive officer. Oscar rallies his... (full context)
Underdogs and Overcoming Odds Theme Icon
At the end of Oscar’s junior year, Goins awards him the Officer of the Year trophy—but it isn’t enough to change his immigration... (full context)