Living beside one self is a fascinating concept. Chavez writes of this, as a state of ecstasy, one enters this state after an event or a trauma. As a result one realizes "he or she is not autonomous and does not posses control over his/her existence" (Chavez, 2). It seems to me that bodies of those on the margins are always beside one self. People in this position are the "unreal" never fitting in constantly in danger. Those who are in an ambiguous or in an in between state are in constant question, in need of finding a way to adjust to others, others are never expected to do the adjusting. In that attempt to adjust, that fact that one is even in a normative space challenges the assumption of sameness in and of itself. In that I can fully see how agency is enacted. The power to subvert is in existing, it many not be an intentional act on the part of the individual.
The space of prison reduces a person down to their most basic state, stripped of all materials used to express one self. Victoria refused to be so stripped, singing and dancing. What is really interesting his how the role of the others changed into more caring roles, in the face of a hyper masculine setting. Even though this was a goal of the penal system, it became a space of reclaiming and redefinition. Victoria's presence in the prison challenged the very system that sought to strip her of her identity; in this way there was a positive effect from her tragic death.