Cloning of the Future
There is a big controversy today over Embryonic Stem Cell research. Embryonic Stem Cells are cells taken out of the embryos about five days after fertilization, when a blastocyst if formed. Many people believe it is unethical, and destroying the cells in the embryos is like murder. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer takes place 100 years from today and is about Matt, a clone, and his childhood. Matt is the clone of El Patron, an opium drug dealer, who is one of the most powerful people on the planet. El Patron owns a small country between Aztlan, Mexico, and the United States. Matt grows up and learns more and more from El Patron and becomes smarter. In order to understand The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer it is important to investigate author characterization and theme.
There are many characters in the Opium Business that are evil, however some characters are good. Matt is the clone of El Patron and the main character. The story follows Matt’s life starting from when he is six years of age to when he is 14. During his early childhood Matt is living in hazardous life conditions. For example, when Matt is six he is left in a room full of wood shavings so the maid does not have to clean up after him. After El Patron rescues Matt he grows up to be more caring and becomes a smarter student. Matt goes through a lot of hardships through his time in the Alacran household and after he escapes it. El Patron is like a father to Matt. The second El Patron finds out about Matt’s treatment he goes to rescue him and makes sure no one harms Matt again. Even though El Patron is only in the story a little it is clear he is an important man and is highly respected. Tam Lin is Matt’s bodyguard during Matt’s early childhood. After El Patron is done rescuing Matt from Rosa, Matt has to select bodyguard. He decides to pick Tam Lin because all the other body guards look mean, while Tam Lin looks nice. Tam Lin lets Matt do things like hiking, mountain climbing and horseback riding.
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However, many other people do not let him do these things. Tam Lin helped Matt escape from the Alacran estate when he was about to be killed and gave him freedom no one else gave him. As the story grows Tam Lin becomes more and more like a father to Matt and is trusted by Matt the most. Celia is like a mom to Matt. She raises Matt since he was a child and protects him from people like El Patron who need him for his heart transplant. For example, early in Matt’s childhood Celia gives him medicine and different substances that would protect Matt from heart transplant by killing the other person. After Celia is caught protecting Matt from transplant she is in danger of being killed, but Tam Lin saves her. There were many more people in Matt’s life, however these were the main four.
The theme of this novel is you should not judge a person no matter who they are. Matt jumped out of the window and was hurt when Steven, one of El Patron great grandson’s, helps carry him back to the Estate. Matt is taken care of highly because he was wounded and bleeding. The instant Rosa finds Matt’s tattoo that said he was a clone, everyone started treating him horrible and Matt is thrown out of the house. If the reader would compare El Patron to Matt, they would find El Patron is treated like a god compared to Matt who is treated like a beast. Matt may be El Patron’s clone, however he is treated exactly the opposite as him. Another example of this is whenever El Patron has a heart attack he kills his clone and takes his heart. If everyone is treated fairly then El Patron would be dead years ago. Even though El Patron and the other rich people living in his estate do not follow to the theme of the story, a reader can tell there are many characters fighting for it. There were many different messages in this novel, however never judging a person no matter who they are is the most accurate.
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By investigating the author characterization and theme it is easier to understand The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. This book describes what might happen 100 years from now if people use cloning. The story also shows the reader there are many different types of people in the world and each strive for different goals. This book is recommended for teens ages 13-20 because of some of the vocabulary and scenes that might not be appropriate to younger kids. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer is a good book for teens to read and gives the audience many different messages.