The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

by

Jeffrey Hobbs

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Oswaldo Gutierrez Character Analysis

Oswaldo Gutierrez is a talented Yale student who hails from a similar socioeconomic background as Robert Peace, but disapproves of Robert’s drug dealing, which he feels only confirms offensive stereotypes about minorities in America. Gutierrez clearly admires Robert, but he also finds Robert frustrating, lazy, and, in a word, “so fucking stupid.”

Oswaldo Gutierrez Quotes in The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Oswaldo Gutierrez or refer to Oswaldo Gutierrez. 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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scribner edition of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace published in 2014.
Chapter 11 Quotes

Oswaldo's advice was the same that, a few years ago, he himself had refused to hear from others: "Get the fuck out of Newark. Get the fuck away from people who won't get the fuck out of Newark."

Related Characters: Oswaldo Gutierrez (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace
Page Number: 261
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Chapter 15 Quotes

And Rob left, rolling his eyes like this scene was just part of a comedy in which he was the focal point of the farcical behavior of those around him. And Oswaldo understood now with a clarity he'd never had before that all of Rob's troubles were self-inflicted—that on Yale graduation day Rob had stood within reach of everything he now didn't have.

Related Characters: Jeff Hobbs (speaker), Robert DeShaun Peace, Oswaldo Gutierrez
Page Number: 316
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Oswaldo Gutierrez Character Timeline in The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Oswaldo Gutierrez appears in The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...seemingly without trying too hard, and smokes lots of weed. He and a close friend, Oswaldo Gutierrez, start a science club. He later begins working at the Yale Medical School. As... (full context)
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Although Oswaldo is one of Robert’s best friends, he doesn’t approve of Robert’s drug dealing. He criticizes... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...realizes that the Yale administration isn’t going to discipline him for selling drugs—as he tells Oswaldo, “It looks bad for the university if someone like me goes down like that.” Soon... (full context)
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...his account number. At the initiation party, Robert gets very drunk and loud. This displeases Oswaldo, who worries that minority students at Yale are just reinforcing the stereotypes about them—“that they... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...still completing college or struggling to support themselves. Other of Robert’s Yale friends, such as Oswaldo Gutierrez, are living with their families, and don’t know what they want to do for... (full context)
Chapter 10
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Oswaldo Gutierrez comes down to Newark to help Robert fix up his new house. The house... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Robert doesn’t need to sell drugs, but Robert calmly replies, “doing what I gotta do.” Oswaldo, who’s beginning medical school, tells Robert, “Get the fuck out of Newark.” Robert doesn’t listen. (full context)
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...his time and money, even though he’s barely getting by himself. In his own way, Oswaldo later says, Robert is “fronting,” pretending to be tougher and more capable than he really... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...behind his back, saying that a Yale graduate has no business working with them. Meanwhile, Oswaldo is coming to the end of his time in medical school. When he sees Robert,... (full context)
Chapter 14
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While he’s applying to school, Robert needs to get a job. Following Oswaldo’s advice, he cuts his dreadlocks, buys a suit, and prepares to interview for administrative positions... (full context)
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...his high school friends. He doesn’t buy a suit and he doesn’t apply for jobs. Oswaldo talks to him on the phone, and becomes furious when he realizes that Robert isn’t... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Robert calls Oswaldo to ask for some money. Oswaldo agrees to give him the money, but adds, “After... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...luncheon. Finally, the guests go to a bar called A.S.H. that Robert liked. Jeff notices Oswaldo looking grim. Later, Oswaldo tells Jeff his opinion of Robert: “So fucking smart, but so... (full context)