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The tortilla curtain tells a story about two couples that at the beginning have nothing in common. After an accident Delaney and Candido are united in an odd way. Throughout the book both these men cross paths in various occasions. Both couples seem to need a sense of control; they have a tough time dealing with changes in their lives and there is nothing they can do about it. Their lives are changed by things that are represented by symbols and these are very important to the story. Symbols are seen everywhere and have various different meaning to the same thing. The most significant symbolism in the story are the walls built, the American Dream that everyone is trying to achieve and the coyote as more than an animal. All characters in this book are influenced or affected by them. First the walls are used to represent the division of people. A wall is a physical barrier that keeps people apart. The first wall that appears in the novel is Delaney’s back yard fence that is there to keep the coyotes out. This fence didn’t fit its purpose because a coyote was able to get into Delaney’s back yard and eat one of his dogs. After this they put a higher fence which in the end doesn’t work either. This can also be used to describe the illegal immigration problem into the U.S. Illegal aliens acting like the coyote and even when a bigger fence is built they can still find their way across. Later they build a wall around Arroyo Blanco development. A high wall, a gate, and a security on the entrance were built to protect the community against the unwanted people. Again this wall isn’t very effective in protecting the community from intruders. Candido

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