deported, and most likely killed if sent back to Guatemala. Taylor realizes the risks and says, “Do Cherokees look like Mayans?’ I asked Estevan. ‘No’ he said. ‘Would a white person know that?’ ‘No.’ After a bit I asked him, ‘Would a Cherokee?’ ‘Maybe, maybe not.” p265 that being the way Taylor expressed her uncertainty of the adoption (265) . Estevan stays confident about the situation, and believes that they could pull it off. Now whether that is ethical or not depends, but in this situation it most definitely is. To think that it is unethical to go against the law by posing as someone's rightful guardian in order to allow an “official adoption” depends on the situation of course, but in this setting it was the moral thing to do. The true question here should be if it is worth the risk,
because after all the whole book is based on constructing the bonds necessary for a healthy life. That being said, the bond produced by officially adopting Turtle is sublime, but it was exceedingly risky as portrayed here “What is the worst thing that could happen?’ Estevan asked. [...] ‘The worst thing would be that we lose her, some way.’ I said finally.” p267 which shows Estevan’s willingness to participate, but also his blindness to the weight of the situation (267 ) .
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