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Victoria Yeo Professor Grundmeier English 0001B 03/17/2018 Across the Tracks The novel, The Tortilla Curtain , written by T.C Boyle exhibits the modern problem concerning illegal immigration into the United States. With the employment of symbolism, Boyle attributes the constant struggles both sides of the border go through. The snug white male, Delaney Mossbachner, comes in contact with the struggling Mexican, Candido, several times in the novel. Prejudice in the community of Arroyo Blanco strives to keep their worlds apart. That same ignorance is put into action with the idea of creating a physical barrier between them and the illegal immigrants. However, the community fails to realize that it is not possible to disrupt nature’s system. Although Delaney and Candido come from opposite sides of the tracks they fear the same thing- the unknown. The fear of the unknown is showcased as the coyote. On the several occasions that they come to contact with the coyote both men and their families have had their values and morals tested. Delaney and his family have had to manage their lives with the deaths of their pets who were all victims of the unknown. While Candido and America, the newlyweds, fear the unknown in their future together. Lastly, Delaney struggles with attempting to keep the coyotes out while failing to realize that the way he views the coyote correlates with his opinion on illegal immigrants. All through the novel we have these characters struggle with the existence of the coyote. The coyote is significant because it serves as a connection between the people of the gated community and the illegal immigrants. It showcases their fears of the unknown and proves that they’re not at all different as they’d like to think.
Victoria Yeo Professor Grundmeier English 0001B 03/17/2018 The Mossbachner family display their fear of the unknown after their first dog is killed by a coyote. It “somehow managed to get into the enclosure and seize one of the dogs, and over

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