Sunday, 12 May 2013

Individual Blog Post: Real World Connections

                I felt that I could best connect The House of the Scorpion to the Aztecs and their Empire. El Patron, being the supreme leader of Opium was like the emperor who was at the very top of the throne in the Aztec society. I thought that the base of the Aztec Empire was built up from hard work of the Aztecs and to an extent human sacrifice. I felt that this was similar to Opium since El Patròn had worked very hard to construct the Opium Empire and as Esperanza quoted, “the roots of Opium are watered with blood,” (Farmer 197.) This was a very powerful statement from the novel which I felt somewhat resembled what the Aztecs did when they conducted human sacrifice. Human sacrifice, to me is like, to an extent, turning people into Eejits. This is because both ways you are preventing the person from perusing a life of their own whether that is by killing them or inserting computer chips in their brain and turning them into lifeless robots. “The Eejits felt neither cold nor heat nor thirst nor loneliness. A computer chip in their brain removed these sensations. They toiled with the steady devotion of worker bees.” (Farmer. 197) In, both societies also, they valued material goods a lot. In the novel, El Patròn treasured presents and power above anything else as he stated, “You can tell how much someone loves you by the size of the present,” (Farmer 107.) In the Aztec society, they believed that the Gods valued tribute and human blood the most. Thus in the Aztec society and in Opium, the value of material goods was held very highly and the importance of all other relationships were held under the value of pleasing the Gods or in the novel, El Patròn. Also the hierarchal system the Aztecs had, somewhat resembled Matt’s situation in the novel. This is because in the Aztec society, one could steadily make their way up the social ladder by contributing a great deal to their community. This was similar to Matt in ways that he was also able to move up, by the end of the novel, and was initially accepted by society as an individual. His social ranking improved in terms that he was no longer looked upon as livestock by society, “Matt felt a glow of happiness. The man had called him “sir”! (Farmer 368.)

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