Day 1

The Tortilla Curtain Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What are some indicators we see of Delaney Mossbacher's social class, values, and beliefs?

    There are numerous indicators throughout Chapters 1-4 that tell the readers about Delaney's social status and ideological beliefs. First, when he hits Cándido with his car, he is on his way to the recycling center, suggesting his "liberal humanist" leanings. He also refers to himself in similar terms: "a liberal humanist with an unblemished driving record and a freshly waxed Japanese car with personalized plates" (3). We also learn that he lives in an upper-middle-class planned community (Arroyo Blanco Estates)  that is very heavily managed and planned in every aspect...

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