Tortilla Curtain - Jordan Jones Goldstein CMP 120 I2 18...

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Jordan Jones Goldstein CMP 120 I2 18 November 2019 The Wall of Prejudice Prejudice is an irrational feeling or unreasonable opinions or attitudes to a specific group. In the Tortilla Curtain T.C Boyle writes how two different classes of people Delaney, upper middle class and Candido, illegal immigrant clash as a result of a car accident met by a car accident. This caused a chain reaction that would occur in their lives. Their attitudes stem from a prejudice mind set that caused one to look and act differently towards each other. Prejudice alters and negatively impacts Delaney’s and Candido’s lives through the physical and emotional walls. In the beginning of the book there was an expansion of a chain link fence to protect Delaney’s pets and begin to alter and negatively impact Delaney’s life. Then it was the wall. “He thought of the development he’d grown up in, the fenceless expanse of lawns, the shared space, the deep lush marshy woods, there was nothing like that anymore (Boyle 42)”. Delany already had a sense of separation from nature. He is no longer able to go outside and explore. He has to either climb over the wall or go through the front gate of his development to leave. This has a negative impact on his livelihood. The reason why he moved here was to become one with nature and explore and discover new and wonderful things. Delaney was upset about the wall being built, however it did provide more safety than the fence did. “A dun-colored blur scaling the six- foot chain-linked fence (Boyle 37)”. It was coyote climbing over the fence and grabbing their dog Sacheverell only leaving behind his leg. Then later on another coyote attacked their other
dog. When the idea of the wall was first mentioned Danley and his wife disagreed. His wife was

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