If you didn’t have friends, would you be able to live a valuable and meaningful life? Friendship is a very valuable thing because it can get people through the hardest of times, as shown in Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion, where the reign of El Patron over his country, Opium, is overthrown by his own clone, Matteo Alacran, with the help of his few friends, whom he keeps through loyalty and compassion. “Tomorrow he would begin the task of breaking down the empire of Opium. It was a huge and terrifying job, but he wasn't alone.” “Everything was ready for me. Tam Lin gave me maps and food and showed me how to climb mountains. I didn't understand. I didn't want to understand.” “He felt a whisper of fear as he walked into the mountains. This time he was alone.”
If you were treated differently just because of classification, would you like it? Nancy Farmer attempts to convince readers that one should not treat another as inferior just because he or she is different in her book, House of the Scorpion, where Matteo Alacran, a clone, is treated differently, but is otherwise the exact same as other people.
The theme of Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion is that one should not treat another as inferior just because he or she is different, and she explains this theme by showing that Matt can do what every other person can do, including love and hurt. “‘You idiot! You need a vet for the little beast!’ the man roared. ‘How dare you defile this house?’”
Women can be a lot of things. A lot of women are nice, some are mean, but a woman is only what you perceive her to be. The women that Matteo Alacran, the main character in Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion encounters affects him in both positive ways and negative ways as some of his experiences are prejudice, and some are hospitality.
"Either you press that scorpion and we escape together, or we stay here and starve together. I'm not leaving you! Not now or ever!"