Before he escapes, Matt is sad to leave Celia, Tam Lin, and Maria, but he knows he must. Matt’s life at the Alacran estate is not safe, so he hopes that Aztlan will be better. Although he does not know much about Aztlan, Matt is hopeful, yet he still is not ready to leave. After leaving the Alacran Estate and reaching Aztlan, Matt’s life is incredibly different. He learns about the hard life of the orphan’s and the many flaws in the system that traps them into working for free, and the Keepers that make his life very difficult. Throughout this hard time, however, Matt still sees the positive side of the situation, and he finally feels accepted and loves having friends. Farmer states, “Matt basked in the approval of his newfound friends. It was the most wonderful thing that had ever happened to him. The boys accepted him as though he were a real human. He felt like he’d been walking across his desert all his life and now he’d arrived at the biggest and best oasis in the world”
My favorite quote from “They Say/I Say” belonged to the ‘Agree -But with a Difference’ section: “In a culture like America’s that prizes originality, independence, and competitive individualism, writers sometimes don’t like to admit that anyone else has made the same point, seemingly beating them to the punch. In our view, however, as long as you can support a view taken by someone else without merely restating what he or she has said, there is no reason to worry about being original.” I purposefully chose this quote because I believe that I can share some significant knowledge from my field, and support this statement.
Many are rich many are poor many have money many don’t. Have you ever had a moment where you did something selfish for desperation of money and karma hit you right back with a right hook?. And felt regret towards yourself. In the short story “Why, You Reckon” the
That’s Entertainment, POW #4 Problem Statement: In the problem That’s Entertainment we had to find out how the magician did his magic trick using math. The trick was as followed: you will shuffle the card then pull the first one off the top of the deck. For example, if the card is a 3 you’ll place it down then you’ll count up to 12 starting at 3. So if you pull of a 5 you’ll start counting at 5. If you pull out a face card, king, queen, and jack, you place it back into the deck. Once you get to the point where if you pull out a card and are unable to make another pill then you put those cards off to the side. Once you have done this, you will flip the decks, face down, then flip over the top card and add them up. You have to use the information
This feeling that Attean has is due to the fact that the “white man” ruthlessly hunted the Indians as if it were a game. Attean and his sister are orphans because of this brutal and unfortunate way of for both the Indians and “white man”. Attean and his sister both had to live with their grandparents. Nevertheless, Attean hated the thought of Matt or any white person teaching him, but still, he obeyed his grandfather’s wishes. In spite of everything, whenever an opportunity presented itself Attean, would mock Matt’s culture. Anyhow, in the process of all this, Matt desires to prove to Attean he can be trusted and respected.
On page 51 the the second paragraph says "But he had to admit that on the days when Attean did not come the hours went by slowly." Attean didn't even like the lessons that Matt gave him. Although, Attean hated them he still went to Matts house. Therefore I believe that Attean only goes for company. Matt may feel the same way, maybe he feels lonely too. This is why I think that Matt feels like the hours go by slowly.
One time, Matt wanted some honey, so he foolishly decided to climb a tree and try to get honey from a bee hive, but that failed miserably and he fell into a river and was trapped in branches, but then Attean and his grandfather luckily saved him. Another time Attean helped him was while the time his family was gone, Matt struggled with collecting food, especially after Ben took his gun. So Attean showed him how to construct snares to catch all different types of animals. Then he was running out of food and clothes so the Indians helped him
The House of the Scorpion The House of the Scorpion is a science-fiction novel that is written by Nancy Farmer. The setting of this story is the country of Opium. This country is controlled and owned by the drug lord El Patron; El Patron grows the drug Opium at the Alacran
At the beginning of the story Matt reveals his anger to his friend and the reader can see him struggle to cope with the death of his son. The manner in which he killed Richard Strout showed the anger and hatred he had against him. He was desperate to find justice for the crime committed against his family. He wanted to make Strout feel all of the pain, the sorrow, and the hurt that he had put them through. The night of Strout’s murder, Matt does not look him in the eyes and makes Strout distance himself from Matt. He wanted to kill a faceless person and
As he is waiting at the bar to ambush Strout he hoped the presence of friends would thwart his own efforts, “when Strout came around it alone Matt got out of the car, giving up the hope he had kept all night (and for the past week) that Strout would come out with friends,” (101). Matt understands that he is vulnerable to humanizing Strout, and tries to avoid this as much as possible to make sure he follows through with his murder as “Matt had not told Willis he was afraid he could not be alone with Strout for very long, smell his smells, feel the presence of his flesh, hear his voice, and then shoot him.” (102). Despite killing his son, Matt‘s ability to empathize, which is a prominent reason why he is so caring for his family, is an obstacle that must be overcome, as it prevents him from being merciless towards his
Matt is the clone of El Patron, a drug lord and the the ruler of Opium. Matt grew up in a peaceful and secluded field with his caretaker, Celia, but as he grows older he becomes an outcast and goes through hardships that ultimately change him. In Nancy Farmer’s “The
Given this, have you ever spent some time alone at home and been spooked by weird noises? Multiply that by a thousand, and you'll get what Matt goes through when he's imprisoned at age seven by the possibly deranged, crazy Rosa. This is a real example of physical isolation isn't the only kind the The House of the Scorpion deals with. Matt experiences what might compare to the isolation of going to a new school, walking into the cafeteria and not knowing anyone or having a place to sit. This is different though because Matt's a clone. Instead of going to school, he's joining his drug lord clone-daddy's household, where he is promptly shunned by his various relations. Same thing, really. At any rate, Matt isn't the only character who suffers from loneliness. Tam Lin is far from his home and is trapped in service to El Patrón. The Lost Boys have all lost their families. Even Tom is isolated by his status as an illegitimate child. The harsh world Matt experiences, both in Opium and in Aztlán, isolates a lot of people and traps them in awful situations. So the fact that characters like Matt manage to make connections and cobble together a family is pretty remarkable. All in all the main message in the
When talking about American history most begin with the coming of the Mayflower, when the Europeans arrive. Why is that? Maybe it’s because that’s the easiest way to explain our history or because we don’t seem to understand the importance of The Natives? But, here’s the truth Pilgrims weren’t the
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is a book mainly set in the future, in a country in between the U.S. and Mexico, named Opium. The main character Matt Alacran lives in Opium, under the control of the powerful drug lord El Patron. El Patron makes money off
Father Walter J. Ciszek, the writer of He Leadeth Me, was born on November 4, 1904. Father Ciszek was a “Vatican Spy” that was imprisoned and captured by the Russians during World War II. He served twenty- three horrendous years in soviet prisons and labor camps. His freedom and work was controlled but his soul was freely given.