Examples Of Empathy In The House Of The Scorpion

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Stirring Empathy In “The House of the Scorpion”
At least every person has felt different or set apart from others before sometime in their life. Yet we all know everyone is different and no two people are the same, and the society constructed by Nancy Farmer in “The House of the Scorpion” is no different- except for the anti-hero Matt. After facing reality that he was cloned from a cow, Matt finds it incredibly difficult to live a normal life. He is consistently mistreated by everyone, especially Rosa, who is supposed to care for him but treats him like an actual animal. In “The House of the Scorpion” Nancy Farmer uses italics, em dashes, and description to stir the reader’s empathy.
To start, italics are used towards the beginning of the book in order to stir the reader’s empathy for Matt. In this point in the book, Rosa, Matt’s new caretaker treats him like an animal. She literally takes away his bed, builds a pen and fills it with wood chips, then sticks Matt in it. He develops rashes and infections due to the living conditions, but no matter how much he begs to live normally he always gets a similar response. One day Rosa gets especially raged one day. “I could kill you,” she said quietly. “I could bury your body under the floor-and I might do it.” (Farmer 39) Nancy Farmer’s use of italics shows the readers why Rosa may be an antagonist in the story. This may be alleged because of her harsh manner when she speaks and her cruel actions throughout the story. This is

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