The Lord of Opium Themes & Motifs

Nancy Farmer
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Nature vs. Nurture

The main character, Matteo Alarcan, is a clone of an old and vicious drug lord. He has El Patron's exact DNA and is patterned after the old man. In his life, El Patron was cruel and cunning: he enslaved and killed thousands to run his drug empire, and carried out a plan to murder hundreds at his funeral. He wielded power brutally and caused fear and awe in his subjects. During the story, Matt often feels the influence of his predecessor: cruelty, selfishness, and paranoia. Matt wants to command respect just as El Patron did. This is his Nature.

However, Matt was raised by in an environment of love and acceptance. Although some of the children treated Matt poorly because he was a clone, in his youth he was surrounded by adults that showed him affection and favor - Celia, Tam Lin, and Mr...

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