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the house of the Scorpion

By Brandon Ferguson

Brandon Ferguson

on 30 April 2010

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the house of the Scorpion By Brandon Ferguson The House of the Scorpion is a science fiction novel by Nancy Farmer. The main character is Matt, a young boy who lives in the fictional country of Opium, which is located between the United States and Mexico, which is now called Aztlán. When Matt sees other children for the first time, he tries to break out of the house and meet them. He ends up injuring his right foot by jumping through a window that he broke onto shards of broken glass, and must be taken to the Big House for help. The doctor there realizes that he is a clone of El Patrón. The children who rescued him, Steven and Emilia are horrified, though Emilia's sister María is more sympathetic to Matt, as they are the same age. After being yelled at and thrown out of the house by Mr. Alacrán, and being put in a dark cell for six months where he was treated like an animal, El Patrón comes to the mansion and, after seeing the conditions Matt lived in, orders him to be put in a room like everyone else. Matt is then taken to live with the rest of El Patron's families: The Alcrans. Eejits are considered beasts of burden, and consist of illegal immigrants that tried to get across Opium to either Aztlán or the United States, as well as any of El Patrón's servants that had displeased him in any way. As Matt continues to grow up, it becomes very clear that despite El Patrón's favoritism, he is barely tolerated. Considered a beloved pet by some and a beastly intruder by others, he is kept ignorant of the nature of clones until a cruel joke reveals why he is different. As the story progresses, Matt develops more acute perceptions of the people around him, especially that of the Alacrán family. After a near-fatal heart attack, El Patrón requires a heart transplant from Matt to himself, but is foiled when Matt's guardian, Celia, reveals that she has poisoned Matt with foxglove and arsenic, just enough that it would not kill the boy, but would kill El Patrón if he were to acquire Matt's heart. El Patrón dies, and Matt escapes the mansion in the ensuing chaos with the help of María. At this point in the book Maria and Matt confess that they love each other, though it is unclear whether Maria loves Matt romantically or simply as a pet. With the preparations of his bodyguard, Tam Lin, Matt manages to escape Opium to Aztlán, which was once the nation of Mexico. There, he comes across many events and places, such as a cruel environment for orphans. These orphans are called the Lost Boys, and Matt is sent to live with them. The "Keepers" operate the plankton farms on the principles of communism, treating the orphans unfairly (though claiming to be fair); they have them laboring every day and feeding them "healthy and nutritious" plankton. The Keepers are allowed lavish quarters and delectable food, claiming that this is fair because they "earned" the right to do so when they were young. Matt is at first an outcast, and deemed an unwanted aristocrat. The End The story takes place in the future, in the fictional country of Opium. Opium, a large opium farm and den, was established by a powerful drug lord named Matteo Alacrán (entitled "El Patrón") as a means to stop the flow of illegal immigrants across the border. The main character, Matt, a clone of El Patrón, lives with a cook named Celia, his caretaker, who works at the "Big House". He is forbidden to form contact with any other people. The entire Alacrán family is selfish, greedy and despise each other greatly. But in spite of this, they all are united in their hatred of Matt. While taking a tour of the Opium farms with Tam Lin, Matt's bodyguard, Matt discovers a dead man on the ground. Tam Lin explains that the person is an eejit, a human with a computer chip implanted into his or her brain. Eejits are similar to mindless zombies and only obey voice commanded orders. If an eejit were told to stay it would stay at the same spot until it was told otherwise, even in the face of potentially deadly situations. However, as his peers see that he is not a spoiled child, Matt becomes a hero in his society, and leads a rebellion against the Keepers. After liberating the Lostchildren, Matt finds María. After living in a convent with María and her mother, Matt learns from Esperanza, María's mother, that Opium is in a lockdown state. This means that nothing can enter or leave the country. The only way in is with El Patrón's signature (his fingerprints and DNA). After getting inside and finding Celia, Mr. Orega and Daft Donald, he tells Matt that El Patron has had a funeral, and his family had gathered to celebrate his death, because they lived their lives in perpetual fear of him. They drink a special wine harvested in the year El Patrón was born, which turned out to be poisoned, killing everyone present except for Daft Donald, who had been guarding the place with Tam Lin. Tam Lin later drank the wine, with knowledge of its poison, because he wanted to end his life, regretting all of the evil things he has done in the past, which included killing 20children by accident with a poorly placed bomb that was actually meant for the English prime minister. It is revealed that El Patrón viewed his family as his possessions, and when he died he would be taking all of his possessions with him. María's estranged mother,Esperanza , who is a champion of clone's rights in the United States, tells Matt that because he is a clone of El Patrón, upon the death of the original he now takes the original's place as El Patron, the ruler of Opium. Esperanza offers Matt her support as well as the aid of both the United States and Aztlán, but only if he promises to destroy Opium from within. He agrees, and then returns to Opium to take control. On the last page before the book ends Matt thinks to himself that he will be able to shut down Opium and he will be able to revert the eejits back into regular humans. The picture that I have drawn has two scorpions on it. The big one is El Patron and the smaller is Matt. El Patrons scorpion is dark and big because it represents his power and his dark side. It also appears that it is falling apart because El Patron is very old and starts to deteriorate, but El Patron will not accept death and gets the worlds best doctors to work on him. That's what the stitches represent. His heart also has stitches in it because his heart is weak and he needs a new one. That is why El Patron created Matt. For a new heart, and that is why it appears the bigger scorpion going after the smaller one. The smaller scorpion( Matt ) looks exactly the same
as El Patron on the outside but on the inside Matt knows they are two different people. The fire in the picture also represents El Patrons passion for evil and is bound to go to hell. I chose scorpions to represent the two people because in El Patron's old village Atzlan, the people were called scorpions because there were so many of them and they were all scattered around.
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