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US Government P. Steen April 9, 2007 The Tortilla Curtain 2. In the beginning of the book readers probably relate more to the Mossbachers than to the Ricuns. Although some may get a little irritated with Delany’s “yuppiness” and the family’s “organic” lifestyle, by comparison the Mossbachers are much more like me. They speak like me, they work like me, they are essentially my next-door neighbors. The Ricuns, however, are a total foreign concept. I have no idea what it is like to illegally cross a border in the dead of night. I don’t know what it is like to sleep on the dirt and eat out of trash bins. Even though America is my age, my life is not even remotely similar to her’s. While the Mossbachers are essentially me, the Ricuns are a foreign concept. As the book progresses, I am let into the minds of each of the families. Although the Mossbachers look okay from the outside, listening to their thoughts frustrates me; that is not how I think and feel. I begin to relate to this family less and less. The Ricuns, the strange family, I begin to understand. They are just trying to survive. They would not break the laws if they didn’t have to, nor would they sleep in the dirt nor eat out of trash bins. They dream of a small home with an oven and refrigerator. They dream of a simple place where they can raise their kids and life a simple, comfortable life. And this dream they take to America, the land of promise. It is clear that TC Boyle wrote both families as stereotypes, and it serves his purpose well. One goes into the book automatically on the Mossbachers’ (AKA white,
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middleclass America’s) side. However, by they end of the book, one’s eyes have been open to the Ricuns’ (well-meaning family of immigrants’) plight. Although in the beginning of the book, the Mossbachers looked as if they would be the heroes and the Ricuns the villains; it ends up the other way around, with the Ricuns being the victims of the villainous Mossbachers and their hateful white-skinned cohorts. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course AS 101 taught by Professor Steen during the Spring '07 term at Alaska Pacific University.

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