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In the novel The American Son by Brian Ascalon Roley two diverse Asian-American characters emerge one representing the stereotypical Asian male Gabe and the other representing the stereotypical American blend Tomas In this paper I will uncover the truths of Gabe and proving him to be a stereotypical Asian male trying to be a typical American male as well as Tomas as the American son with Mexican-American influences trying to be anything but Asian In past reading assignments such as M Butterfly by David Henry Hwang the Asian culture is portrayed weaker East than the strong American or European cultures West Therefore a stereotypical view of Asians seems to be weaker Both Asian men and women are included in this weaker stereotype The character Gabe in The American Son displays this passive weaker stereotype through the whole of the novel He constantly battles with his brother Tomas dominant personality as well as battling himself in trying to be The American Son At the beginning of the novel Tomas insults Gabe and Gabe does not fight back Sit down If the client sees you standing there like that hes gonna think youre my houseboy This is a lie of course but my face goes hot which is what he was after I do not want to sit after what he has just said so I stand there for a moment But I feel foolish so I walk past him and enter the front door to see if our mother needs any help inside p18-19 In this instance Gabe takes the negative insult without saying a word in his own defense This passage shows the reader from the beginning the future struggle Gabe will have with Tomas as well as himself I think Gabes inner struggle is trying to identify himself as an individual He is constantly living in Tomass shadow even if Tomas is not the model son I think Gabe realizes
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