This one’s going to be fairly easy, I think. If you want a good description of Dante, just think of the worst impression you have of a politician, and that’s probably a good starting point.
Thus far in Fear, we had never really come across a true “Snake in the grass”, but, Dante filled that quota just fine.
Dante was the boss of the Gonzalez Dam, trading goods with locals in exchange for water. At first glance, this might seem normal, until you see the outfits of Dante’s subordinates and realize that he seems kind of…out of place.
It quickly becomes obvious that Dante was not the original boss of the dam, and that he, in fact, found some way to take it over.
With that take over, apparently, came a policy of forcing people to “buy” water by giving the dam valuables in exchange. Along with that, came a very harsh policy of punishing anyone who “stole” so much as a drop of H2O. We’ll get back to that in a bit.
But, once it was revealed that Dante was a politician, the municipal president a.k.a. the mayor of Tijuana, it all sort of starts to fall into place. Politicians are always looking to find ways to profit and gain control, the Gonzalez Dam was Dante’s.
Now, back my earlier discussion of Dante’s “policy”.
As we come to learn, Dante was extremely strict about ensuring that no one got water for free (Incidentally, showing just how far he’d go to ensure he maintains his profit and control), sending out patrols of armed guards to capture and punish anyone found doing so.
When his men locate Efrain, who was giving out gallons of water to several survivors he found around Tijuana, they brought him back to the dam to be interrogated (i.e. Tortured) to reveal how he was getting the water. When he did find out, he decided to have Efrain, Lola, Pablito, and Everado executed!
Gee, what a nice guy!
There isn’t much to say about Dante Esquivel. Like the others so far on this list, he’s not a monster, but, he is a politician. Politicians are snakes in the grass right now, it should be no surprise that, as situations worsen, they’ll use their skills to try their best to maintain the levels of luxury and control that they’ve either grown accustomed to or always wanted.
And while unsurprising though it may be, that doesn’t make it commendable.
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