Surname 1Student’s NameProfessor’s NameCourseDateThe Coyote in Tortilla CurtainTC Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain is a book that shines a light on various issues affecting America, such as illegal immigration, poverty, and xenophobia. The author discusses the matter of the American dream and the extent to which people would go to achieve it, and also how people behave once they attain it. To expound on the themes, the writer incorporates various symbols in the novel. Through the symbols, the readers get to understand that the people who manage to reach the American dream do not experience real joy as they spend most of their time fiercely protecting it even if it means locking out others. By using the Coyote to symbolize Mexicans in the book, Boyle manages to discuss how the American people live in not only fear but also disgust of immigrants, especially those coming in from the U.S.-Mexican border.The symbolic use of the Coyote appears from the beginning of the novel, but it is not until chapter three that its most prominent metaphoric use comes to the foreground. The chapter narrates an incident where a coyote sneaks into Delaney's property and steals one of his terriers. In this dramatic episode, Boyle narrates that a ‘dun’ coyote clenches a "tense white form" between his teeth. Here, Boyle depicts the brown Coyote as Mexicans while the white terrier, in its savage grip, represents the white people of America. Therefore, the scene metaphorically embodies white fear of Mexican immigrants. Even after the occurrence, Delaney still leans towards his animal-loving nature and liberal humanism. He thus excuses the Coyote's behavior
Surname 2by maintaining the premise that the animals have the right to exist within the environment since human intrusion is what is leading them to act erratically.