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Lutchman 1 Jnanardhana Lutchman Professor Mike Edwards English 091 13 November 2013 The Unsung Hero The people of America has treated illegal immigrants very harshly and though it may imply a political attitude its catalyst originated from a racist nature. In T.C. Boyle’s novel The Tortilla Curtain Boyle illuminates this controversial topic in a well depicted story about the lives of the wealthy vs the poor, the legals and the illegals, and the differences in their struggles. At the center stage of the novel there is Delaney Mossbacher and Candido Rincon. They both have contrasting lifestyles, with Delaney being wealthy and legal and Candido basically the opposite. However they are also similar in their stereotypical propensities and xenophobia. The struggles they face are like yin and yang with Candido being confronted with many atrocious incidents throughout the novel but he does not waiver staying strong to his morals while Delaney encounters much less hardships yet totally abandons what he claims to be his ideals becoming genuinely distasteful. As the novel brings closure Candido surely is the protagonists with Delaney being the main villain. The novel starts with a bang and ends with a bang with these two characters being the glue that binds it. Delaney is an affluent white man who originated from the east coast but now resides in the west in the state of California in a posh community known as Arroyo Blanco where he lives with his wife Kyra and her son Jordan. He entitles himself to be an environmentalists and a liberal humanists but these ideals would come into examination right off the bat when he has a collision with Candido in the very first chapter that would link these characters like fish to
Lutchman 2 bait. “He was dizzy. Sweating. He couldn’t seem to control his hands.” (Boyle 4). It is apparent that he is very frantic initially but as he finds the victim is Mexican his mood decreased drastically. Delaney does not even carry the man to the hospital and makes rather irrational assumptions about Candido, “people like this Mexican or whatever he was were responsible , thoughtless people, stupid people, people who wanted to turn the whole world into a garbage dump, a little Tijuana…” (Boyle 11).

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