How does the theme of isolation appear in The House of the Scorpion?

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Matteo Alacran is a symbol of isolation throughout the story. As a clone of infamous opium dealer El Patron, he was created to extend El Patron's lifespan. The truth is kept from him for most of his life since Matteo seemingly lives a normal childhood. Like most children, he watches...

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Matteo Alacran is a symbol of isolation throughout the story. As a clone of infamous opium dealer El Patron, he was created to extend El Patron's lifespan. The truth is kept from him for most of his life since Matteo seemingly lives a normal childhood. Like most children, he watches television, reads books, and draws in his spare time. Yet he is secluded from the outside world by his caretaker and is despised by others in the main household.

It is not until he gets injured by broken glass that Matteo first notices his position in the main household. He is called an animal and treated as a prisoner. Because he's a clone, Matteo is isolated from the world and must go to great lengths to feel accepted.

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