The Tortilla Curtain Questions and Answers

The Tortilla Curtain

The Tortilla Curtain is a novel dealing with the disconnect between the Mexican and U.S. cultures, and the title needs to be understood in its historical context. During the Cold War the term "Iron...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019, 4:32 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

The Tortilla Curtain

Marxist literary criticism bases its theories off of Karl Marx, who argued there is an ongoing battle between the lower and elite classes and that capitalism leads to oppression. Marx further...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015, 7:13 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

Kathy Knapp writes in "Ain't No Friend of Mine" (see the source below) that the gated community in The Tortilla Curtain "embodies in miniature the nation's schizophrenic relationship with its...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2017, 12:25 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

In The Tortilla Curtain, to be American means to be overcome with fear regarding the reality of immigration. Boyle raises significant questions about whether this insecure mindset towards...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2016, 1:42 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

Socioeconomic gaps, along with their political elements, are rooted in class warfare, or class struggle. Social constructs (concepts that were invented by humans during our development as a...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2018, 6:04 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

The first question here can be answered from a number of different angles. Here are some ways to approach the question that might be helpful. The most significant barrier that immigrants to America...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018, 10:50 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

Cándido and América, like many immigrants in the United States, contribute to the American economy via blue-collar jobs. They contribute economically, or at least try to despite abusive employers,...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 9:02 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

The gated community in which Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher live is a symbol of the way affluent, white Americans falsely believe that they can keep out what they deem undesirable elements of the...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2017, 8:41 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

T.C. Boyle integrates nature in the novel The Tortilla Curtain in a number of ways. Evidence of this comes in the symbolic meaning attached to the coyote and other animals throughout the book. The...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2015, 6:26 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

On the whole, it would seem that Jose's lack of acceptance is due to his own actions rather than society's oppressive attitudes. To be sure, such attitudes are there—white characters like Delaney...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 12:07 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

It sounds like you're going to participate in a discussion group focusing on immigrant experience, particularly pertaining to the Mexican immigrant experience. The Tortilla Curtain was written in...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 12:43 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

The residents plan to use a gate to keep the undesirables out of their community. The people who live at Arroyo Blanco Estates want to live in a gated community. They think that it will keep out...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 3:50 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

The Tortilla Curtain

In the novel The Tortilla Curtain, author T. Coraghessan Boyle speaks the voice of minorities to his readers through his character Candido Rincon. Candido is a Mexican immigrant who crossed the...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2015, 11:01 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer