Monday, 13 May 2013

Individual Post #7: Real Life Connections


After reading The House of the Scorpion, I found that there were many real life connections. Some I found were: North Korea/isolation, border jumping, forced marriage, the underground railroad, violations of the Canadian charter of rights and freedom, how society affects humans and lobotomy. I will first be talking about violations of the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms. I found throughout the novel that I could make many strong connections on how the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms is being violated. Under mobility rights it states, “Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.” and if Opium and Aztlan were Canada this would have been violated greatly because I connected it with when Celia says “All day I sat on an Assembly line and put tiny squares into tiny holes with a pair of tweezers. I thought I’d go blind. We lived in a big gray building with windows so small, you couldn’t put your head outside.” (Farmer 141). When she said this I thought that she must have been referring to many other people living in Aztlan and that they could not escape from these countries even by paying a coyote (because Celia and others payed money to a coyote and he ditched them at the Ajo Mountains where the farm patrol were waiting at the bottom) and this would be violating that statement clearly.

Matt was another character in the story that was violated according to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because the way he was treated is discrimination under equality rights. It states 'Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, nationalality or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age, or mental or physical disability.' Matt has constantly been discriminated throughout the story ever since they discovered the writing underneath Matt’s foot. He has been discriminated by none of the sections listed above, but because he is a clone. However, is a clone actually different compared to a normal person? What defines a human being? If I were living in this society Nancy Farmer created, I would treat Matt as an equal not like how almost everyone in the society treated him as a non-equal and trash. Some examples are when he is trapped in the sawdust room with barely enough food to survive and when he is looking over the casket at El Veijo’s funeral and the priest kicks him out of the church.

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