Spare Parts

by

Joshua Davis

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Pablo Santillan Character Analysis

Lorenzo’s father and Laura’s husband. He moves to the United States with Laura, Lorenzo, and José when Lorenzo is an infant and gets work as a landscaper. He has a hard time adjusting to life in the United States and drinks heavily to cope. Sometimes he is kind to Lorenzo; other times he is abusive.

Pablo Santillan Quotes in Spare Parts

The Spare Parts quotes below are all either spoken by Pablo Santillan or refer to Pablo Santillan. 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.
One Quotes

Lorenzo felt his father didn’t have any respect for him, Hugo wouldn’t let him use the tools in the driveway, and the kids around school mocked him for his strange looks. Now a teacher was entrusting him with the lives of a handful of fish. To most people, it might not seem like a lot, but to Lorenzo it was unprecedented.

Page Number: 72
Explanation and Analysis:
Two Quotes

To Fredi, this was a battle for the future of an unusual but talented kid. He appreciated Lorenzo's offbeat ideas and felt that the long-haired goofball had genuine talent. But Lorenzo was caught in the tractor-beam pull of poverty and low expectations.

Page Number: 116
Explanation and Analysis:
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Pablo Santillan Character Timeline in Spare Parts

The timeline below shows where the character Pablo Santillan appears in Spare Parts. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
One
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
Laura and her husband Pablo decide they should stay in the United States, because they have barely been getting by... (full context)
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
Once in the United States, Laura and Pablo have three more children: Pablo Jr., Yoliet, and Fernando. These three children will have significantly... (full context)
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
Laura tries to put Mexico behind them, but Pablo does not forget the solitude of the Mexican forest. He has a hard time adjusting... (full context)
Two
Underdogs and Overcoming Odds Theme Icon
At home, Lorenzo’s dad Pablo notices his swollen eye and offers to beat the kid up. Lorenzo is happy that... (full context)
Four
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
In May 2006, Lorenzo graduates from high school, but his father Pablo doesn’t show up to the ceremony. He then enrolls in Phoenix College’s Culinary Studies program.... (full context)
Underdogs and Overcoming Odds Theme Icon
Immigration, Prejudice, and the American Dream Theme Icon
The movie provides a happy ending. It even shows Lorenzo’s father Pablo arriving at the MATE awards ceremony, hugging Lorenzo and crying with joy. Davis describes how... (full context)