Sunday, 12 May 2013

Individual Blog Post: Setting

          The overall setting of the book, The House of the Scorpion is in a small country established in the near future under the guidance of El Patrón, a powerful drug lord. Opium is located between Aztlan, which we currently know as Mexico, and the U.S. The author indicated, several times that the novel is set in the future. She chose to incorporate eejits, hovercrafts and clones in the book to further build up that statement. The lab, where Matt, the protagonist, was “harvested” is an important scene specific setting. This is because this is where Matt embarked on his lifelong journey and also from where the novel took off. The big house is another important setting because this is where most of Matt’s childhood is spent. Initially, Matt and Celia, live in a workers shack in the poppy fields before the children come upon Matt’s existence. “He’d looked out the window where fields of white poppies stretched all the way to the shadowy hills.” (Farmer. 6) This quote notifies you that Matt, for the first 6 years of his life, was entrapped inside of the small house amidst all the poppies. Once the children discover Matt, he is then held captive inside a wing of the big house that becomes known to the reader as the prison. I thought that the prison had a huge impact on Matt since he was kept imprisoned for 6 months and once he was released, he had altered as a person. The prison would always remain as a turning point in the novel since after he was released; Matt was given more freedom and liberty inside of the big house. Nancy Farmer chose to include a lot of detail to how Matt felt while he was held captive. “The days passed with agonizing slowness, followed by nights of misery. Matt could see little from the barred windows. The pink flowers withered. The strip of sky was blue by day and black by night.” (Farmer. 43) She also chose to tell much of the story though the eyes of Matt, which really helped the reader, imagine what Matt was seeing and feeling throughout the novel. I felt that El Patron had a huge impact on the setting of the novel and where it was altered. This is because since, El patron controlled much of Opium and the people, he got to choose where Matt was placed and kept. Overall, I felt that the setting was laid out very well for the reader as the description that Farmer chose to include in the novel, helped me really picture the setting.

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