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Gutierrez 1 Joe Gutierrez Prof. Beers English 103 12 November 2018 La Vida Pesada In California a big house with a white picket fence, its elegant garden, the huge fountain in the driveway and most importantly located on the wealthiest hills of the coast. For most immigrants, that seems to be the picture imprinted on their mind when somebody mentions the ultimate American dream. Imagine having this idea only to find out the extreme measures they have to overcome in order to live a comfortable life. The Tortilla Curtain, a novel by T.C Boyle, portrays the life of two couples living in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles. One couple, Mexican illegals, Candido and America Rincon are viewed as the generic immigrant family that struggles to fulfill their American dream while constantly having to deal with some misfortune. The second couple, Kyra and Delaney Mossbacher are portrayed as wealthy and materialistic natural- born citizens living the epitome of the American dream. Throughout the novel, Boyle makes it a priority to illustrate the struggles that immigrant families face compared to American families when it comes to their journey to fulfill the dream. Boyle also presents the discontented life of Americans who seem to have it all, but are not satisfied with their accomplishments. Although immigration is very complex, it is suppressed in the American culture because of the idea that illegal immigrants are taking American jobs. Each year thousands of people cross the border in search of a better life here in America, many of which strive tremendously while trying to attain the dream. In T.C. Boyle’s novel, The Tortilla Curtain, immigrants Candido and America represent how difficult the American dream is to achieve while American born citizens Kyra and
Gutierrez 1 Delaney seem to be living the American dream but are not happy. The novel touches on the ongoing issues of immigration and how this negatively impacts the U.S. The vision of attaining the ultimate American dream is what fuels Candido and America Rincon’s body with energy and determination. Candido encounters bad luck every day of his life. Perhaps this suggests that Candido, much like the thousands of illegal immigrants who cross our border, foolishly think that life in the United States will be facile. In an early scene in the novel, Candido encounters bad luck when he is struck by Delaney’s vehicle while crossing the road on his way back from the labor exchange. Boyle illustrates “There was the astonished look, a flash of mustache, the collapsing mouth flung open in a mute cry, and then the brake, the impact…”(4). At this moment, all odds were against the Rincons, with Candido being severly

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