Fear of the Coyote from "The Tortilla Curtain" Book Review by Righter

Fear of the Coyote from "The Tortilla Curtain"
Reviews T.C. Boyle's book "The Tortilla Curtain" about the fear of illegal immigrants, which are called coyotes.
# 149182 | 1,420 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2011 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , Sociology (Multiculturalism)

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This paper explains that T.C. Boyle's novel "The Tortilla Curtain" examines the current, increasingly present moral issue about illegal Mexican immigration into the United States; however, he refuses to moralize, allowing the reader to make his own judgment on this important ethical dilemma. Next, the author reviews the plot, which projects the American citizens as holding a particularly deprecatory view of Mexicans; whereas ,the Mexican illegal immigrants have an optimistic view about the prospects of living in America. The paper underscores that, throughout the novel, both Delaney the American and Candido the Mexican convey their frustration with their situations and their hatred of the "other" society and its inhabitants.

From the Paper:

"The gate and the wall that are erected to protect Arroyo Blanco are microcosms for and are symbolic of a larger fence - the "Tortilla Curtain" - that serves as the border between Mexico and the U.S. Were the borders strictly controlled, i.e. were they as solid as the Arroyo Blanco wall, Americans could feel safe in their homes. Should the borders continue to be left open, however, there would be no security from the illegal immigrants and their backwards ways. This is how the typical argument by the Americans in the novel goes.
"Like Delaney and the other American citizens in the story, who fear the "illegals", the Mexican illegal immigrants also fear the Americans - both the average gringo that gives them harsh looks, and also La Migra, whose purpose is to catch them and send them back to Mexico. The major difference in attitudes between the Mexicans and Americans, however, is that the latter's fear is generally mixed with a loathing and disgust for Mexicans, whereas the former not only desire a chance to live in America, but they also tend to idealize the country and what it means to be an American. Delaney and Kyra, for example, would never view Mexico as a "land of opportunity"."

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