Sunday, 12 May 2013

Individual Post-Theme

*Please note: this post is not without spoilers*
     As stated in our litspiration challenge dedicated to theme I think the theme of this novel, The House of the Scorpion, is that you decide your who you are and what you're worth, no one else. As a clone Matt faces the disgust of the people around him because humans believe they are better than clones but as Tam Lin explains "No one can tell the difference between a clone and a human. That's because there isn't any difference. The idea of clones being inferior is a filthy lie." (Farmer 245). Despite being a clone of El Patron Matt is his own individual person. He has a certain talent for music including the piano, guitar and singing. The novel explained that Matt was the first of El Patron's clones that had taken to music. 
    Two of the several sub themes in the novel included that no matter who or what you are someone will love you for who you are and people are not always as they seem. María and Celia both love Matt despite his being a clone. Celia took care of Matt when he was younger and she treated him like she would treat anyone else even they weren't clones. María loved Matt and even when she was forbidden from seeing him she still did and when Matt stopped talking she was there and she never gave up on him. María also defended Matt when the priest at El Viejo's funeral wanted him out of the church. She was his friend despite him being blamed for the death of Furball and being a clone.
     The second sub theme is that people are not always as they seem. Matt origionally thought that El Patron loved him and would take care of him and that he was educated because El Patron cared for him but it wasn't true. El Patron only wanted Matt to keep himself well and alive. Tom may look like an angel but he's a truly horrible person. And Celia who seemed so kind, gentle and submissive turns out that she saves Matt's life and kills El Patron in the process. 

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