Imagery in T.C. Boyle’s “Tortilla Curtain”


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Imagery in T.C. Boyle’s "Tortilla Curtain":
The Natural Innocence of the Uncivilized
and the Corrupt Nature of Civilization
The contrast of the images of nature against those of civilization in T.C. Boyle's Tortilla Curtain reflects the primal struggle between the innate innocence of humanity and the eventual corruption of civilization. Boyle's use of raw natural imagery represents the innocent aspects of humanity, while the 'civilized' images represent the corrupt aspects of society. These oppositional images reveal disparate aspects of Native and Americans characters, as well as the disparate communities of each culture as placed in contemporary Southern California. Most notably, the oppositional imagery illustrates the strength of the...
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