Comparison Of The Tortilla Curtain

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Tortilla Comparison And Contrast Between Characters
The tortilla curtain is a wonderful book showing a typical life of both a Hispanic family chasing the American and a white family that is born in. The white wealthy stay at home father Delaney mossbacher is faced against life as a modern day America and an immigrant from Mexico, Candido rincon looking for nothing but to fulfill the American dream that for him and his young wife which begins to seem unreachable due to the constant troubles begin to face. These two character throughout the story show very similar traits both positive and negative, while both sharing ways they overcome struggles of living life in modern day America. Both being fathers and/or soon to be fathers, how they react to being the typical American family man both immigrant and descendants, Revealing a highly negative perspective of racism between both sides. The constant obstacles both men have to overcome and the thought of hitting and being hit by a car beings sink in to both of their mind, you become the first hand witness to the fear/self-conscious insecurities and racism that these men are faced with.
To begin, the constant obstacles that leave both men at aw all come down to a past fear or self-conscious insecurity’s formulated from past experiences. After candidos injury of being hit by the car, due to his up brining in classic Mexican culture he denies America to work to earn their money “America got up at first light on the fourth day after the accident and tried to slip off up the hill before he arouse himself”(25). America is not mature enough to full understand their situation they have placed themselves in with coming to America, the location they are at can be very dangerous to her. Candido a...

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...n where the living is easy. They are cunning, versatile, hungry, and unstoppable.”(214-5). these comparisons of the two men both totally different people show very similar traits when comparing their reactions to culture and the overcoming of their insecurity’s. "She didn't answer, and he felt the cold seep into his veins, a coldness and a weariness like nothing he'd ever known. The dark water was all around him, water as far as he could see, and he wondered if he would ever get warm again. He was beyond cursing, beyond grieving, numbed right through to the core of him. All that, yes. But when he saw the white face surge up out of the black swirl of the current and the white hand grasping at the tiles, he reached down and took hold of it."(355).

Boyle, T. C. The Tortilla Curtain. New York CIty: Viking Penguin - Penguin Books, 1995. Print.

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