The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer
Throughout The House of the Scorpion Matt faced many conflicts. One such conflict was being discriminated against because he was a clone. This is shown by when Emilia stated "'That's disgusting. Clones aren't people'" (26). However, Matt finally overcame this when El Patron died and he met Esperanza. This is demonstrated by "' ... when the original dies, the copy takes his place... [which] means that you really are El Patron'" (367).
Another way that the author develops the plot is through the use of setting. She uses setting to display how the main character, Matt, experienced the beauties of life. This is demonstrated by "Creosote bushes and paloverde trees framed a small, narrow valley, and in the center of this was a pool of water" which shows how Nancy Farmer used setting to show how Matt saw the world around him (36).
However, there were also many ways in which the book was not satisfying. One reason that the book was not gratifying was that it was simply boring for most of the book. Until near the end of the book, there were not many suspenseful parts in the novel. This took away from the enjoyment of the book, and for this reason I would not recommend this to anybody.