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The Tortilla Curtain1.When the Mossbachers lose their dog, Sacheverell, to a coyote the family is outraged. In order to keep out any other wild animals, they put up an even higher fence around their yard. Butsoon after that another coyote jumps over the fence again and eats their second dog, named Osbert. This event makes it clear to the Mossbachers that a fence is not effective at all and that there is not much else they can do against coyotes. At the same time this shows that coyotes are willing to do anything to survive including entering unknown territory. Meanwhile there is a neighborhood debate whether or not a gate should be installed, not to keep out coyotes, but “the Salvadorians, the Mexicans, the Blacks, the gangbangers, and taggers and carjackers …”(p.39). Just as the Mossbachers try to keep out the coyotes, the neighborhood also tries to keep out illegal immigrants. But as much as higher fences do not protect the Mossbachers’ dogs against coyotes, a gate or a wall may not protect the development against illegal immigrants.2.Delaney’s car figures prominently in the action of the plot, as well as in Delaney’s identity. When Delaney has a life-altering car accident with the indigent character of Cándido in the novel. Once Delaney has discovered that he has injured a civilian the way he handles it makes a difference in his relationships and it defines his true character. His attitudes are challenged for the first time when he hits a Mexican with his car. Already in this sequence some of his real character is shown, since he worries more about the bump in his car and higher insurance rates than about the victim.3.The novels setting is symbolic because it represents the tensions between the illegal immigrants and the white residents and the feelings, beliefs and overall attitude each group retains toward the other. Just as the canyon and the surrounding region is the relationship of the two groups of humanity is dry and ready to turn into a raging inferno on a spark.4.Delaney Mossbacher and his wife Kyra who are not satisfied with their lives, even though they are a well-situated family. Kyra is a real estate agent and Delaney writes columns fora nature periodical. They live in an exclusive house on top of a hill in a suburb of Los Angeles, instead of in a self-made shack as the Rincóns do. They can afford to own two dogs, a cat and a couple of cars. However, the Mossbachers are still not satisfied with their achievements and seek

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