As a class, we are reading a book called The House Of The Scorpion. We are only about halfway through the book but the plot keeps getting more interesting. Right now, we are about 150 pages into the book and the characters are much more developed and we know a lot more background about them now.
Some of the questions we answer in our blog posts are given to us by Ms. Groeller so that we can talk about it in our groups. The question I am considering right now is: How can you justify that a person can be both good and evil at the same time?
As we read the book, we are using a strategy called talking to the text. It allows us to think about the book in more depth and ask questions that come to our mind while reading.
I am using El Patron as an example to answer this question because I have been questioning whether he is a good person or not since the beginning of the book.
El Patron likes to keep his possessions even if there is no use for it. Another example that I have pulled from the text is at El Patrons 143 birthday party. Matt remembered when Tam Lin (Matt's bodyguard) said: "He grew large and green until he shadowed over the whole forest, but most of his branches are twisted". Tam Lin was referring to how El Patron is powerful and can seem nice but he has many twisted things about him and secrets he hasn't told.
I think that El Patron is both good and evil at the same time because his intentions are not bad but sometimes the outcome can turn out in a way he didn't want and a way that might hurt people. I also think that he believes in things that sound harmful and don't always seem like the right thing to do but he sticks with them anyways because he is so used to it and still believes in the things he does. I think that El Patron will stay this way throughout the book but near the end of the book, he will do something that will make you question whether he is a good person or a bad person even more than I am questioning now. I'm not sure if the thing he does will have good or bad intentions but I think it will definitely affect my idea of him.
El Patron is one of the more developed characters in the book (we call them round characters). He is 143 and owns a poppy farm named Opium that lies between the United States and what was once called Mexico. He is an extremely wealthy person and has never stopped at getting what he wants. Sometimes, never stopping can lead to many problems and disagreements with people. For example, Celia (one of the maids in the house) said
"Felica ran away with MacGregor, oh, years ago. I guess she got bored hanging around here. Only it didn't work out. El Patron had her brought back- he doesn't like people taking his possessions- and MacGregor let him do it. Felicia was beginning to bore him" (P. 124).