Analysis Of The Tortilla Curtain By Tom Coraghessan Boyle
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The Tortilla Curtain is a novel written by the American author Tom Coraghessan Boyle. The novel is mainly about middle-class standards and illegal immigration. It discusses the problem of illegal immigration by analyzing the lives of the main four characters of the book. The American couple, Delaney Mossbacher, a nature writer, who is married to Kyra, a real estate agent. The other two characters are the Mexican couple, Candido Rincon along with his 17 years old wife, America, who happens to be pregnant. Candido and America both emigrated illegally from Mexico to California. The book is a good read because T.C. Boyle allows for the reader to delve into the lives of the main characters while allowing the reader to maintain and form his or her own thoughts on each character and their lives.…show more content… This incident leads Delaney and Candido to get into much more dramatic events and conflicts throughout the novel. The story switches back and forth between the two couples and tells the differences between them. The Mossbachers live in a neat highly secured community overlooking Topanga Canyon. Whereas, the Rincons live in the bushes underneath the canyon. The story also looks at the illegal immigration issue from different points of view. It is not surprising that this is a political book, but the politics are not argumentative.
The ironies that Boyle included in this novel were quite interesting. Delaney and his admiration for coyotes shows that he loves the wild animals; however, that love does not extend to the human animal - as he preferred to call illegal immigrants. Additionally, Kyra, being liberal, does not pause and think before calling the authorities if she sees Mexican workers waiting to be picked up by local farmers. These two examples of ironies shows how Boyle is particularly good on developing them to fascinate the