Symbolism in "Tortilla Curtain"

"Tortilla Curtain" is full of symbols. T.C. Bolye carefully chose the names of the characters, for example. These "telling names" are quite interesting! To answer the following questions you have to search for meanings and use your brains and imagination.

1. Why did Boyle choose the name "Mossbacher"? Find out, what the root may be and explain the reference to Delaney's character!

2. América, José Navidad and Resurección symbolize contradictions. Why?

3. The names of Kyra`s animals also have a connection and express some kind of contradiction. Which?

4. Candido was named after "Candide" by Voltaire. Find out what the book is about and what kind of character Candide is!



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