Delaney Mossbacher of "Tortilla Curtain"
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The paper paints a picture of a white, privileged individual who is compassionate about the environment but is utterly insensitive to the implications of his lifestyle upon the lives of others. The paper highlights the contrast between Delaney Mossbacher's liberal, environmental and humanist ideals and his actions and lifestyle. The paper shows how he is fanatical about recycling, yet essentially treats another human life like a piece of trash.
From the Paper:"White, privileged, compassionate about the environment--and utterly insensitive to the implications of his lifestyle upon the lives of others. All of this is embodied in the first actions of Delaney Mossbacher in T. Coraghessan Boyle's 1995 novel Tortilla Curtain. At the beginning of the book, Delaney accidently hits an illegal immigrant and injures him. He offers Candido money in compensation, only 20 dollars, and because Candido cannot go to the hospital for fear of being discovered by the authorities, the man accepts the offering. Candido's wife is pregnant, and now that Candido is injured, he will be unable to earn money to support America."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Boyle, T. Coraghessan. Tortilla Curtain. New York: Penguin, 1995
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