Tortilla Curtain

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The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

Delaney Mossbacher, the protagonist of Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain, is the typical American family man. He is married to Kyra, “the undisputed volume leader at Mike Bender Realty, Inc.” and he is the stepfather of Jordan. As Kyra has a fulltime job, Delaney takes care of Jordan and the household duties, while receiving the privilege of working from home as a “liberal humanist.” Delaney writes for “Wide Open Spaces,” which is a magazine of “a naturalist’s observations of the life blooming” around him. As Delaney is only required to write one magazine a month, he tends to have a lot of spare time, in which he can “let the day settle around him.” In his free time, Delaney enjoys taking hikes and exploring nature that is right beside his Arroyo Blanco Estates house, located in Topanga Canyon. Seeing as him and his wife maintain a healthy lifestyle as “joggers, nonsmokers, and social drinkers,” Delaney is physically built. Along with being an outdoorsman, Delaney is very involved in his neighborhood and the community that surrounds him. He cares for everything around him, as he is a part of “the Sierra Club, Save the Children, and the National Wildlife Federation.” He is a giving person, and is educated about the world and what is around him. Most outsiders would see Delaney as a kind individual who knows what he wants to make out of himself. At first, Delaney is indifferent to the illegal immigrants that surround his neighborhood. He thinks “immigrants are the lifeblood of [his] country” and without them nothing would work functionally. Delaney dislikes the idea of building a wall around his community because he thinks it to be wrong and unnecessary. He possesses a mentality of thinking “that everyone deserve[s] a chance in life,” and the illegal Mexican immigrants will eventually settle in the United States just like every other race did. Delaney’s opinion on the illegal immigrants...
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