Racism in The Tortilla Curtain by T.C.Boyle

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Is wanting a better life a crime? Does everyone not deserve the right for a better life and to be considered a human being despite the means that they used to try and get it? In this novel The Tortilla Curtain, by T.C.Boyle he brings up the theme of racism that is constant towards those who are struggling for a better life even if it’s through illegal means. He shows this by using main character Delaney Mossbacher a Caucasian self-proclaimed liberal humanist, Candido Rincon a Mexican illegal immigrant and their families (Boyle 3). Boyle starts the novel off with Delaney running someone over and first worrying about the car before thinking of this stranger who could be dead. There’s also other characters that see illegal immigrants as less …show more content…
Now this is a man who thinks of himself as a liberal humanist he should really get his priorities straight to matching his ideals to his actions and thoughts since after running a man over and then buying him off with 20 dollars he ended up feeling relieved. There was another occurrence and it was with Delaney’s wife Kyra who’s a realtor and notices the rise in Mexicans looking for work and how their presence brought the property value down in the area, she thought how “there were too many of them here and [how] that was the sort of thing that scared buyers away from the area” (Boyle 157). So she impulsively drove her car into the lot where the 7 eleven is to get details with the counter ladies as to the dark little men being there and how it must be bad for business but the shop lady just said how its neither good nor bad for business (Boyle 158). Not thinking twice about the reasons as to why these men would be standing out in the heat with hopeful eyes Kyra sets out to make them disappear so her listings wouldn’t go down in price with the help of Jack who also holds strong views against illegals and how they are ruining America.
With Jack he is more forthcoming with his comments on illegals

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