The House of the Scorpion

By Nancy Farmer

Matteo Alacran

Matteo Alacran is the clone of El Patron. He was raised in a small house in Opium, a county on the border of the US and Mexico, where exposure was forbidden. Growing up his life was full of of innocence, not knowing what the outside world was like. Eventually curiousity got the best of him. As a group of children walked by he was so intrigued. The children brought him to the Alacran Household, where he discovered he was a clone. People did not characterize clones as humans, therefore Matt was treated as an animal. Throughout the novel Matteo faces many hardships as a clone. Matteo Alacran is much more than a clone, yet few people realize that. “No one can tell the difference between a clone and a human. That's because there isn't any difference. The idea of clones being inferior is a filthy lie.” (245)
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One of the many themes in The House of the Scorpion is power. El Patron has power over everyone in this novel, but many individuals find their own power. For example, Celias rebellion, Marias defiance of her family, and Matts unwillingness to be defined as El Patrons genetic twin. Power is also a large portion of the story towards the end of the novel after El Patron dies. That is where Matt comes in, and tries to inherit El Patrons power.

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The House of the Scorpion is a great read. I would recommend this novel to people of all ages. Its an interesting story that keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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