Day 5

The Tortilla Curtain Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

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    Why doesn't Delaney do anything to prevent the wall around Arroyo Blanco from being built?

    Despite his claims of objecting to the building of the wall around the community, as well as Todd Sweet's repeated efforts to get in touch with him to try to organize a campaign against the wall, Delaney does nothing to prevent the wall's construction. He doesn't even attend the meeting where they vote on the wall. He claims that this is because he didn't want to cause conflict with his neighbors (i.e. Jack Jardine) and Kyra. However, the reader senses that perhaps it has more to do with his changing or unclear feelings about the immigrants in the area and increasing feelings of...

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