By: Irydian Jimenez
Tortilla Curtain is a book written by T.C. Boyle. It is based on the differences between living an American and Mexican life in America.
The two main characters are named Candido and Delaney. As the book starts, we are introduced to Candido, a poor Mexican living off of almost no money. He as a wife named America who hates him for not completing his promises and not providing her with a home. We learn that Delaney is a racist, rich, white man who only cares about himself and not the people around him.
“I felt like it was relevant to the lives of students today. Many students could identify themselves with the characters. The author did a good job of showing culture clash,” says Ms.Riha, an English Teacher at Samueli academy. The book could relate to the type of culture that our school has created. It talks about the diversity between a Mexican family, in which our school is mostly populated with, and a white family, which our school is also populated with. Not only does the book give us a little insight on the way that people live their lives in completely different ways, but it also teaches us about racism.
“Racism still continues and it affects a lot of people,”says Yamilex, junior at Samueli Academy. Racism is not something that we can avoid, but instead be aware of. “Tortilla Curtains” provides us with a great example of what could be happening in the real world. There are several problems that happened during book, for example, Delaney lives in a community that is filled with racism against Mexicans. They want to create a wall, like the border, because they want to keep “animals” away known as Mexicans.
Lesly Mateo, was asked what her favorite part of the book was, her response was, “When Candido finds out that Socorro is blind and pictures her future.” Not only does Candido have to be ashamed of living such a poor life, but thought all those struggles, he comes to find out that his baby, named Socorro, is blind. He cannot imagine how her life has just been made harder because of being blind.
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