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The symbol of the coyote in Tortilla Curtain Los Angeles has witnessed a development of a Hispanic (mainly Mexican) cultural presence since its settlement as a city. Mexican-Americans have been one of the largest ethnic groups in Los Angeles, but their beggning was not an easy start. The novel Tortilla Curtain illustrates profound and deep story of that age between Americans and illegal Mexican immigrants. In The Tortilla Curtain , T.C. Boyle draws frequent symbolization of the coyote. The word coyote appears several times, but the most frequent representation is the Mexican immigrants. Threatening civilization, Scavenging food and living as a pack… The coyotes and illegal Mexican immigrants have so much in common in this novel. Delaney Mossbacher’s attitude towards the coyotes foreshadows the hypocrisy of so called liberal, white, middle class American and the writer’s sympathy for illegal immigrants. Analyzing the symbol of the coyote is significant to understand the characters’ mind and grasp what the author is trying to say through his novel. Coyotes are mentioned a few times in the beginning of the novel, but it’s not until Chapter Three that their metaphorical portrayal is illustrated. In this novel, coyote are not just animals but become a significant meaning of the symbolic representation of the immigrants who sneak across the U.S.-Mexican border. Delaney Mossbacher’s attitude towards the coyotes foreshadows the hypocrisy of so called liberal, white, middle class American and the writer’s sympathy for illegal immigrants. The first time coyote is mentioned is during the conversation when Delaney Mossbacher lies about car accident. Delaney Mossbacher, a liberal, pro-immigrant person, hit illegal immigrant Candido Rincon with his car. But Delaney simply pays twenty dollars to Candido and goes back to his daily life in his neighborhood of Arroyo Blanco. And after that, Delaney was asked about the accident. “So what’d you hit? - a deer? Coyote?”(p13). But Delaney answered “A dog, I think it was. Might
have been a coyote”(p13). Delaney denies that he hit a “person”. But instead, he lies that he

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