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The Tortilla Curtain

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Transcript of The Tortilla Curtain

Cándido
Delaney
3) Summary
Delaney hits Cándido with car
don't call ambulance part ways
influence each other's lives from that point on

Tan lejos de Dios -
tan cerca de los Estados Unidos.

*

So far from God-
So close to the USA.
"The illegal Mexican immigrants are an easy victim."
1) T. C. Boyle
2) "The Tortilla Curtain"
3) Characters
A) Cándido and América Rincón
B) Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher
4) Summary
5) "The illegal Mexican immigrants are an easy victim."
A) Why?
B) The border fence
C) The Mex(Amer)ican Way of Life
D) The role of the coyote
6) Discussion
7) Sources

1) T. C. Boyle
Tom Coraghessan Boyle
born in 1948 in New York State
author of 24 books
translated into more than 24 foreign languages
discovered literature and attended first writing courses during college years
B.A. in English and History
lives with wife and 3 children in Santa Barbara

2) "The Tortilla Curtain"
novel about racism, illegal immigration, the American Dream and luck
Mexican and American couple
takes place in the suburbs and forests of L.A.
third person narrator
switching points of views
"THE TORTILLA CURTAIN"

by T. C. Boyle
4) Characters
A) Cándido & América Rincón
33 years old
from Tepoztlan, Mexico
lives illegaly in the USA in the nature
has graying hair and mustache
17 years old
Candidó's wife
pregnant
beautiful
4) Characters
B) Delaney & Kyra Mossbacher
middle class
lives in suburbs of L.A.
liberal humanist
Delaney's wife
perfectionist
works as an estate agent
very excitable
5) "The illegal mexican immigrants are an easy victim."
A) Why?
not integrated in American society
-> don't get help; are not accepted
many raids or robberies
Mexicans are helpless -> can't call police/ambulance
gangs want protection money
B) The Border Fence
The Great Wall of America/Mexico
about 2000 miles (3200km) long
illegal immigration and drug trafficking began to rise from late 1970s - 1990
nation's security became important issue
after 9/11 attacks, safety of the USA became important topic again
many ideas tossed around the next few years
2006: construction of the fence started
Constellation of People
Cándido
América
Delaney
Kyra
married
married
influence
each other's
lives
doesn't like
Mexicans in general
C) The Mex(Amer)ican Way of Life
Differences:
food
housing
the American Dream
attitudes towards luck
7) Sources
Book:
"The Tortilla Curtain"
T. . Boyle

Internet sources:
http://www.tcboyle.com/page2.html?4
http://www.gradesaver.com/the-tortilla-curtain/study-guide/major-themes/
http://immigration.about.com/od/bordersportsandcustoms/i/Fence_Issue.htm
http://people.howstuffworks.com/immigration5.htm
http://www.globalsecurity.org/security/systems/mexico-wall.htm


Pictures:
http://www.bhmpics.com/view-creative_city_and_forest-1600x900.html
http://www.gala.de/lifestyle/kultur/t-c-boyle-frauenversteher-ist-er-auch-noch_995216.html
6) Discussion
"The American Dream is just that for illegal immigrants
- a dream."
The border fence
D) The role of the coyote
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