Sanches by Richard Dokey
In the short story "Sanches", Richard Dokey goes into great detail on the life of
Juan Sanches, a migrant farm worker. Juan Sanches has a really hard and challenging life.
He goes from witnessing one of his children be stillborn, to having his unborn son torn
from his wife's womb. As if that were not enough Juan's wife dies during the labor of his
only son, Jesus. After all of Juan's pain and suffering all that he lives for is for his son to
grow up and be a good hard working man like him, but his son becomes Americanized and
Juan Sanches becomes very depressed over his son's situation, but Juan is also depressed
because of his own situation and the life that he has led.
It is evident that Juan is depressed over his son's situation. This is evident in
many ways. Juan is depressed because his son has become exactly what he did not want.
When Sanches drives Jesus to the Flotill Cannery Jesus anxiously begins to tell his father
of how great the Cannery is. He tells him of the great aluminum buildings, the marvelous
machines, and the belts of cans that never stopped running (151). Jesus seems very
interested in the money, a feeling that Juan knows very well. When Jesus and Juan get to
the place were Jesus is going to stay he finds out that it is a cheap hotel. Jesus could tell
that his father was not pleased. In an attempt to make his father happy he said, "I will not
stay much in the room, it is only for sleep. I will be working overtime too" (151). All
Jesus had to do was look at his fathers face to know that he was displeased.
When Jesus gives his father a tour of the Cannery Juan acts very uninterested and,
in a way, hurt. When Jesus went to take Juan to see the Cannery he said no.
Jesus questioned his father asking him if he was disappointed in him. Juan responded by
saying, "No, I am beyond disappointment. You are my son. Now you have a place in the
world. You have the flotill" (153). This statement proves how displeased Juan is over
Jesus' situation. Juan felt as though he was loosing his son and everything he had worked
so hard for. Juan continues by saying, "You are my son, and I love you. Do not have
disappointment. I am not of the flotill. seeing the machines would make it worse. You
understand Nino?" (153). By saying this Juan is once again showing his depression and
disappointment. Juan is so sad at the situation that he can not even go and see the flotill.
It kills Juan to know that his son has derailed from everything he has taught him.
Jesus promises to earn money to buy a red car and go visit Juan, it reminds him of
himself and how he too was once young and naive like Jesus. Juan sees himself in Jesus
and he does not want Jesus to commit the same mistakes that he did. He remembers when
he too saved up money to buy a car when he was younger.
In order to understand the reason why Juan was depressed over his sons...