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In the novel Tortilla Curtain by T.C Boyle, a recurring motif used throughout is the coyote. If the word is taken literally, a coyote is a wild, dog like animal that has proven itself to be very clever, however, there is a less literal definition for what a coyote is. A “coyote” is also a slang term used for a person who smuggles people over the Mexican border into The United States of America. In the novel, T.C Boyle uses the coyote motif to draw comparisons between the literal coyote and the Mexican immigrants that are in the country illegally and to successfully convey his message about how illegal Immigrants are perceived. In the novel, the coyote symbolizes the illegal Mexican’s that are in The United States of America. While Boyle writes about the coyote, the reader has, in their head, an inkling he is also talking about the illegal immigrants due to the diction he uses. In the novel they coyote is made out to be a predator, a nuisance, and is blamed for many of the bad things that happen. The coyote is drawn in a negative light just as the illegal immigrants are. In Delaney’s column, “PIlgrim At Topanga Creek,” Boyle writes that the coyote is “our cleverest and most resourceful large predator”( pg 345). Coyotes are known for being smart, cunning beings that are willing to do anything to survive. This is proven when Delaney writes about the coyote that chews through a plastic irrigation pipe anytime he gets thirsty (pg 346). While the coyote is willing to do

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